PPBM will definitely come to Sabah, says Umno leader who led exodus

Former Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Mohd Noor.

KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Mohd Noor today said he was convinced that PPBM will eventually set foot in Sabah.

Speaking to reporters during a Chinese New Year open house by PBS here today, Hajiji said he had been in communication with PPBM leaders over the matter.

“I can tell you PPBM will come to Sabah.

“That I can assure you … very soon,” said the Sulaman assemblyman, who led the exodus of senior leaders from Sabah Umno last December.

However, he stated that the former Umno members had yet to decide on the party they would join, adding that leaders will spend at least a month to deliberate on the matter.

Last month, PPBM chief strategist Rais Hussin told FMT that the party was still holding discussions with Warisan about any foray into Sabah and that nothing concrete had been decided.

“The establishment of PPBM, if it ever happens, will be with consultation with our allies in Sabah,” he said.

Hajiji also rejected claims that members who left Sabah Umno will return to the party.

He said the former Sabah Umno members, including assemblymen and MPs, are only interested in finding a new party.

“We want to find a new platform and don’t want to return to Umno,” he said, adding Warisan was not among the options.

“The elected representatives, formerly of Umno, will also work with counterparts from PBS, PBRS and STAR ,through Gabungan Bersatu Sabah,” he said.

Last week, present Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar claimed that some of the Sabah Umno leaders who left the party had expressed a desire to return.

Bung said these leaders had intended to join Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s PPBM but have since been left hanging due to the party not opening branches in Sabah yet.

On another matter, Hajiji, the former state local government and housing minister, agreed the authorities should probe the goings-on in the Sabah Central Board, which approves development plans (DPs) in the state.

“Some say they (the board) delay (approvals). So let them (authorities) check.”

Veteran consumer activist Patrick Sindu yesterday called for an investigation into the alleged mismanagement and abuse of power in the Sabah Central Board.

Sindu said the authorities at the state and federal levels should probe how the board conducts its affairs.

He claimed the delay in approval of DPs had been going on for some time, adding this was one reason for the price of properties, particularly houses, skyrocketing in Sabah.