We’ll take Mersing back, Najib says after ex-Umno man plays down party in Sabah

Barisan Nasional adviser Najib Razak and Mersing MP Abd Latiff Ahmad.

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional adviser Najib Razak today criticised a former Umno MP for playing down the party’s popularity in Sabah, saying there was no need for such remarks.

“Even though you jumped, there is no need to say this YB minister,” he said, referring to Mersing MP Abd Latiff Ahmad who switched camps to PPBM when it was still part of Pakatan Harapan.

“We will take Mersing back,” he added in a Facebook post.

Latiff, who is rural and regional development minister, made the remarks at a forum, a video of which went viral earning him criticism from Umno leaders.

“People in Sabah don’t call it jumping, they call it migrating. From Berjaya to PBS, PBS to Umno,” he said.

“Now Umno is not popular. Umno I mean is Umno in Sabah. That is the reality because (people) are not confident. All those who have jumped have migrated to PPBM.”

According to PNBBC, a portal linked to Perikatan Nasional, Latiff has since apologised for his remarks, saying they were misunderstood.

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