13 December 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR said today former leaders of Sabah Umno had offered to cross over to the party but PKR decided not to take them in for the sake of Pakatan Harapan’s reform agenda.
Party president Anwar Ibrahim said PKR also had sufficient majority in Parliament.
“I told them it would be difficult at this juncture for PKR to accept them because the general mood of the public is to support PH and our reform agenda.
“We want to defend the integrity and the principles of our struggle so that it will not disrupt the reform and changes that we want to achieve,” he said.
Commenting on the exodus of 36 elected representatives, senators and division heads in Sabah from Umno, Anwar declined to name those who had approached PKR.
He said it would not be proper for him to name the leaders, especially since PKR had not accepted them and had no intention to pursue the matter further.
Although the four MPs and nine state assemblymen who left Umno said they were now independents, speculation is rife that they would join PPBM, which has yet to start its chapter in Sabah.
Fuelling such talk was confirmation by PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday that several Sabah Umno leaders had approached him before making their decision to quit Umno.
Anwar said PH coalition partners must remain committed to its agenda if they wanted to successfully reform the government.
He said it was “up to PPBM to consider these views”.
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Former Sabah chief minister Salleh Said Keruak has emphasised the need to build a strong relationship between the state and federal governments.
He said this in a media statement explaining the reason he and more than a dozen Sabah Umno elected representatives announced their resignations from the party this afternoon.
Salleh, who served in former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s cabinet as the communications and multimedia minister, said the last general election changed the entire political landscape.
“Most of us joined Umno when the party first came to Sabah in 1994 so that the state would not be isolated from Putrajaya and be left behind, while other states moved forward and developed.
“GE14, however, has changed the entire landscape of Malaysian politics. The Umno-led BN is no longer the federal government and Sabah Umno can no longer sway Putrajaya like it used to,” he added.
Salleh said the future of Sabah and its continued growth and development now lie in the hands of the state government and would depend on the relationship between the state and Putrajaya.
“Taking this new political reality into consideration, my colleagues and I decided to leave Umno so that we can focus on the future of Sabah and ensure Sabah’s growth and development.
“For this to happen, we need to build a strong relationship between the state and federal governments. This is the immediate priority as much needs to be done and with the uncertainties in the global economy focus becomes even more important,” he added.
KUALA LUMPUR — The fear of Umno becoming too Islamic-centric and getting closer to PAS were the main reasons for the exodus of its Sabah members, sources said.
They said former Sabah Umno liaison chief Hajiji Mohd Noor, who led the exodus, was referring to the growing friendship between Umno and PAS when he said the Umno leadership lacked political direction.
Mr Hajiji said this yesterday when he announced that nine assemblymen, four MPs, two senators, two Umno Supreme Council members, 21 division heads, Sabah Wanita, Sabah Puteri, as well as 12 Youth divisions were leaving the party.
They brought along with them more than 50 per cent of the 500,000 registered Sabah Umno members.
They were also spooked when at the recent anti-ICERD rally in Kuala Lumpur, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared that Umno and PAS could work together.
Mr Zahid said the Umno and PAS co-operation would hinge on Islamic issues. This was after PAS and Umno members gathered for the anti-ICERD rally.
“We will work together on other issues, too. This is not just a political co-operation, but a co-operation based on faith.
“I want Umno and PAS to work together after this,” the Umno president said.
These recent developments also upset Sabah Umno’s 100,000 non-Muslim members, the source said.
“They complained that Umno was becoming too racist,” the source added.
“A majority of the members here are not Malays. So does that mean we are second-class Umno members?”
The source added that they were also upset that despite repeated calls to Mr Zahid and the Supreme Council for autonomy, these were ignored.
“The Supreme Council was simply opposed to the request of giving more autonomy to the state party,” he said.
This simply meant Sabah Umno could not make decision for its own members, always having to rely on party leaders in the peninsula.
“They did not heed the growing calls of ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ and this is the outcome.”
12 December 2018
KOTA KINABALU: Signs could be pointing to the death of Umno Sabah as nine of its assemblymen and five of its Member of Parliaments (MPs) have left the party, with immediate effect.
Former Umno Sabah chief Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor made the announcement at a press conference at 1.30pm today.
Two senators and 21 Division Chiefs have also left the party.
All the members who have left Umno are now independents.
Only Tan Sri Musa Aman (Sungai Sibuga assemblyman) and Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Kinabatangan MP) are still with the party.
LIST OF SABAH UMNO LEADERS LEAVING THE PARTY:
A. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
1. YB Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun
2. YB Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee
3. YB Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri
4. YB Datuk Zakaria Edris
5. YB Hafez Yamani Musa
1. YB Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Mohd Noor
2. YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun
3. YB Datuk Japlin Akim
4. YB Datuk Musbah Jamli
5. YB Datuk Gullam Haidar Khan
6. YB Datuk Arifin Arif
7. YB Datuk Isnin Aliasnih
8. YB Matbali Hj Musah
9. YB Datuk Nizam Titingan
1. YB Datuk Ghani Yassin
2. YB Datuk John Ambrose
D. DIVISIONAL CHIEFS
1. Datuk Gurahman Hj Lolong
2. Datuk Wetrom Bahanda
3. Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak
4. Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Mohd Noor
5. Datuk Faisyal Deigo
6. Datuk John Ambrose
7. Datuk Seri Panglima Rahim Ismail
8. Datuk Arifin Arif (acting)
9. Datuk Isnin Aliasnih
10. Datuk Sapawi Ahmad
11. Datuk Ghani Yassin
12. Datuk Sairin Karno
13. Samad Jambri
14. Datuk Awang Kadin
15. Firdaus Akbar Khan
16. Abdul Hakim Sidek
17. Datuk Ramlee Marhaban
18. Datuk Nizam Titingan
19. Datuk Juslie Ajirul
20. Datuk Arsit Sedi
21. Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun
E. HAVE NOT DECIDED
1. Datuk Yakub Khan
2. Datuk Raime Unggi
3. Karim Wahid (overseas)
4. Datuk Seri Panglima Bung Moktar Radin (Stay with Umno)
KOTA KINABALU: Five members of parliament and nine state assemblymen from Sabah have announced their departure from Umno effective today.
The MPs are Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Beaufort), Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee (Beluran), Datuk Zakaria Idris (Libaran) and Yamani Hafez Musa (Sipitang).
Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, and former chief minister and Sungai Sibuga assemblyman Tan Sri Musa Aman have not announced whether they will stay or leave Umno.
All Sabah Umno division leaders except those from Tenom, Sepanggar and Kalabakan have also left the party.
Meanwhile, PBRS deputy president and Pensiangan MP Arthur Joseph Kurup today announced his decision to leave Barisan Nasional.
Press Statement by Chairman of UMNO Sabah Liaison Commitee (BPUNS), YB DSP Hajiji Mohd Noor
I am making this statement on behalf of my colleagues whose names I will announce at the end of my statement.
1. UMNO Sabah is the biggest UMNO Chapter in Malaysia with over half a million registered members since its establishment in Sabah in 1991.
2. UMNO Sabah has been the backbone of successive state government since 1994 when BN took over from PBS.
3. UMNO Sabah is proud of its achievements especially in the development of Sabah since the end of the CM rotation in 2003 when an UMNO Chief Minister took over to lead the State Government uninterrupted for the next 15 years.
4. GE14 saw the end of BN government both at the Federal & State level. In Sabah no party won the election. A state government was formed only because there were crossovers. Contrary to all the political demagoguery, Warisan did not win GE14.
5. GE14 has radically changed the political landscape of the country. The same with Sabah. There are new political equations, unthinkable just a year ago.
6. UMNO Sabah accepts the new political realities and are adjusting to them as best as we can. UMNO Sabah is a pragmatic party. The well-being of Sabahans & the future of Sabah remain our overriding consideration. So is the unique demographic composition of Sabah.
7. I am proud to say Sabahans are the most tolerant Malaysians. They are also very pragmatic when come to politics. They are politically well-informed. The huge number of political parties in Sabah speaks for itself. They frequently change government if & when they feel they have enough of the incumbent. They dare to make changes with little regrets.
8. Looking at the new political realities post GE14, we are of the opinion that UMNO’s relevance in Sabah has become politically untenable. UMNO Sabah leaders & members need to move on & chart new political direction. It takes a lot of courage & hard work to build a new political movement & entity. But together we can do it.
9. We have no bitterness against UMNO, only some disappointments. I with many of my colleagues have benefited from our association with UMNO. Its through UMNO that we had the privilege of being appointed as Ministers & other important posts.
10. Unfortunately UMNO is not what it used to be. The current leadership lacks clear political direction. We are not sure where is UMNO heading to. There are conflicting accounts of the ‘way forward’, depending who you talk to at the top leadership.
11. In our overall analysis of current political trends in this country, we have also taken into account that UMNO Sabah have over 100,000 non-Muslim members. Any shift in the political direction of the party would surely jeopardize their continued support for UMNO.
12. It’s for the above reasons that we have decided to take the initiative to chart our own political future. We will start by disassociating ourselves with UMNO so that we are free to consider all available options to chart our future in the new Malaysia.
13. After much thoughts & discussions among us, we have decided to resign as members of UMNO effective today. We are now party-less, & would remain as independents until such time when we decide to join the party of our choice.
14. In view of this decision UMNO MPs & Assemblymen, their names which I will announce shortly, are now independents.
15. All UMNO Sabah leaders & elected representatives who are leaving the party today have pledged full support to the Pakatan Harapan Government under the leadership of Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. In fact all Malaysians should support YAB Tun in his endeavor to make this country great again. Consistent with the above,we would like to also register our pledge to support Datuk Seri Shafie and the state government of Sabah
16. We will work hard to serve the people of Sabah & assist the Federal Government in bringing more development to Sabah which the State sorely needs.
17. The nation is facing huge economic challenges & Malaysians should unite to overcome them. This is not the time for political bickering & quarrels that would only complicate government’s effort to overcome these challenges.
18. I have made it clear from the beginning to all UMNO Sabah leaders & members that there is no compulsion in joining us to leave the party. They are free to make their own decision, though I hope all or most of them would eventually join us.
19. We are leaving UMNO with a heavy heart but with a clear conscience. We sincerely believe breaking free from the political baggage of the past is the correct decision to allow political renewal for the betterment of Sabah.
20. I thank BN/UMNO for having given some of us the opportunity to serve the country & Sabah. We will continue to serve the country & our beloved State through a new political vehicle which would be known soon.
21. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Press who has given us so much leeway & we hope we’ll have your continued support.
DSP Hajiji Mohd Noor