Sabah Umno granted partial autonomy

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno has been granted partial autonomy by the party’s central leadership, but the power to choose candidates for election and a succession plan for the state chapter will come later.

Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa today said the autonomy includes administrative matters such as membership, annual report to the Registrar of Societies and disciplinary cases.

“As agreed by the Supreme Council, Sabah Umno has been given certain autonomous powers which will be refined from time to time,” he said after a meeting with Sabah Umno leaders here today.

Annuar said it was also important for Sabah Umno leaders to select election candidates for the party.

He said the Supreme Council expects Sabah Umno, now led by Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar, to submit a detailed report about its requirements so that the delegation of power could begin soon.

“This is to ensure there is no ambiguity or misinterpretation. The delegation of power is being done for the first time and it should be done properly,” Annuar said, adding the party constitution will continue to serve as a guide.

Meanwhile, Annuar said Umno would still pursue legal action against its elected representatives who abandoned the party.

“This is not to stop them from joining other parties. Whether they want to swing like grass or jump like a frog is their right and choice.

“But from Umno’s viewpoint, they had a contractual obligation to the party. They obtained funds and assistance from the party and were entrusted by the party to use its symbol,” he said.

Annuar had last month confirmed that Umno had filed a writ of summons on two former Umno MPs, Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi Ghazali, who had joined PPBM.