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Sabah Umno members are still loyal, says Salleh
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Umno says it respects the decision of Sarawak Barisan Nasional parties to leave the coalition.

"We wish them all the best," said Sabah Umno acting chief Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak in a statement, Wednesday.

He said in Sabah, many Umno members and supporters are still loyal to the party and wish to fight on under its banner.

"We won't leave Umno just because the party failed to form the government," he said.

"Any action taken must have the consensus of all. Hasty action can be detrimental to us," he said.

Having different political opinions was not an offence and it was not necessary that politicians should be hostile towards one another, he said.

He stressed that it is time for the party to rebuild itself to become an alternative choice for the people.

He urged party leaders and members to refrain from making rash decisions as they could result in further losses.

He said it is not wrong for people to have different political ideologies but this should not cause enmity among people.

"We practise mature politics for the sake of our country and the people," he said.

He also said that Sabah Umno's focus now is for the coming party elections come June 30.

He also said that Sabah Umno respected the decision of the four Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) parties to leave the BN fold and form their own coalition, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced in Kuching yesterday that the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) he led and three other parties – Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) had decided to quit Sarawak BN and to form GPS.

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