KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno liaison leader Bung Moktar Radin has denied issuing a statement that former chief minister Musa Aman is not on the list of Umno candidates for the next state election, as reported by a local portal.
He said the statement mentioned in the report was false, and sought to cause damage to Umno as well as deliberately pit him against Musa, who was the sole Umno member, representing Sungai Sibuga, in the now-dissolved state assembly.
“That (the statement) is fake news and not from me. I have never made such a baseless statement. That is a false statement that was deliberately created to pit me against Tan Sri Musa and damage Umno…(these are) the actions of Umno’s irresponsible enemies who want to weaken Umno in whatever way possible,” he told Bernama here today.
A local news report had quoted Bung Moktar as saying: “The only way to resolve the political crisis in Umno is to remove Musa Aman from the list of Umno candidates in the Sabah PRN (state general election).”
The report also claimed that Umno had nothing to do with Sabah’s political crisis because Musa had acted on his own will in attempting to bring down the Warisan-led state government.
Bung Moktar also denied a report quoting him as saying that the federal government could plan for Sabah’s development, and the task would be carried out by federal government agencies in the state if Umno came to power.
He said the statement had been deliberately twisted. “That is fake news, I never said that. What I explained was about one of our (Sabah Umno) new offers (in the election) is that development projects in Sabah will be implemented by the state of Sabah. (The statement) was twisted,” he said.
The state assembly was dissolved by the Yang di-Pertuan Negeri on Thursday, a day after Musa announced he had enough support from state assembly members for a simple majority to form a new state government.
The next day, Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal sought the consent of the governor to dissolve the assembly, paving the way for fresh elections, which must be held within 60 days.