KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional has been given a boost ahead of the state election after state Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin made peace with Umno Supreme Council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
This is after Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi posted a photo of the duo fist bumping each other on his Twitter account today.
It was accompanied by a caption from Zahid who said: “Celebrating differences in opinion and always ready to forgive can only come from someone who has a big heart and is always forgiving.
“DS Bung Moktar and DS Rahman Dahlan are the best examples.”
Speaking to FMT, Bung said the burying of the hatchet between him and Rahman, who is also Tuaran Umno chief, took place here this morning.
“Everything is under control. Yes, they have accepted me (as the Sabah BN election leader),” he said, adding he was accompanying Zahid on a tour of Kimanis at the moment.
Last month, Rahman led 12 Sabah Umno division chiefs in opposing Bung’s appointment, saying it was not discussed and went against the full autonomy granted to Sabah Umno last year.
They held a press conference, in which they also said they did not want a leader who had to attend court to answer corruption charges to campaign for the coalition in the Sept 26 election.
Following this, Zahid said it was reasonable for Bung to lead the charge as he was the Sabah BN chairman.
Zahid said that despite having different views, all parties in BN should stay together to ensure victory in the election.
In a media conference later, Bung said he had nothing against party leaders objecting to his appointment to lead the coalition for the upcoming state polls.
“We respect differences in opinion, there are no hard feelings,” the Kinabatangan MP known for his antics in the Dewan Rakyat told reporters at that time, adding that “things must move on”.
On a related issue, Bung said seat negotiations with other state opposition parties are in the final stages.
“It looks like we may have a solution,” he said.
Last week, Bung had said that negotiations with other parties were proving to be tough.