Bung still a favourite with Sandakan folk despite graft charges

Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin speaking to reporters at Sim-Sim in Sandakan on Monday night.

KOTA KINABALU: Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin may be facing three charges of corruption but the Sabah Umno chief was nonetheless well received when he turned up to campaign for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) in Sandakan on Monday night.

Bung spoke to about 200 people who turned up for a ceramah at Sim-Sim at about 9pm.

He told reporters he was supposed to be in Sandakan earlier but was held up because of his court case in Kuala Lumpur last week when he was slapped with three charges of corruption involving RM2.8 million.

Asked if this was a political conspiracy, he said: “I don’t want to accuse anyone but let the people judge. I don’t wish to say more.”

Bung urged voters in Sandakan to elect PBS candidate Linda Tsen as their MP, saying it was time the seat was returned to a local-based party.

“We cannot allow outsiders to decide our future. DAP does not have authority in Sandakan, their authority is in Kuala Lumpur, so people in Sandakan will lose out voting for them,” he said.

He said Sabah Umno was confident of rallying almost 10,000 of its supporters from neighbouring Kinabatangan and Beluran who were voters in Sandakan.

Bung also hinted that former prime minister Najib Razak might pay a visit to Sandakan.

In his speech earlier, Bung claimed the Election Commission and Bersih 2.0 were being unfair when it came to the Sandakan by-election.

“(PKR president) Anwar Ibrahim is coming tomorrow and there will be a sungkai (breaking of fast) but everything is ok? Why not for us?

“When we wanted to give a talk at Taman Mesra, we had to be outside the gates but they (DAP) can do it inside instead. This is not right.

“The EC has to be fair to us and not be biased, they have to be neutral. Where’s the fairness? Where’s Bersih,” he said.