1,000 expected to attend Sabah Umno convention on Sept 21
Published on: Thursday, September 19, 2019
By: Larry Ralon
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno will hold a one-day convention at the State Umno building here on Sept. 21, which is expected to be attended by about 1,000 leaders and members, including 525 delegates from all its 25 divisions. 

Information Chief Datuk Raime Unggi (pic), who is also the convention coordinating committee chairperson, said Umno President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is due to officiate the opening. 

Sabah Umno Chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin would be presenting a policy speech touching on the halatuju of the party in Sabah, which will be supported by Penampang Umno Division Chief, Datuk Hasnol Ayub and Tuaran Division Chief, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan. The Sabah Umno wings would do likewise.

“We have also invited former Chief Minister and Sabah Umno Chief Tan Sri Musa Aman and others including veterans like Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Ismail and Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, as well as MCA and PAS leaders to the event,” he told a press conference at Sabah Umno building, Wednesday. 

Sabah Umno to date has about 530,000 members, but the process to clean up its membership lists at all levels is still continuing due to defections to Bersatu Sabah and Warisan, among others.  

Raime said the party hopes the convention would boost the morale of Umno members to continue fighting and get closer to the people. 

“Sabah Umno has good track record compared to the present government. The party has implemented many agendas meant for uplifting the Bumiputera and rural socio-economic conditions. 

“There are among agenda we see being continued by the present government only that they are shy to say they are continuity from the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. 

“It is definitely our hope that whatever programmes implemented by the BN government previously should be continued. Don’t just continue to say bad things, because most of the plans implemented now were made by the previous government...stop the political gimmick,” he said.

“The people are now in ups and downs…too much uncertainty. When I met friends and business people many of them have closed shop due to uncertainty. 

“Don’t continue blaming the previous government for the country’s debt, because which country in the world do not have debts. What is important is how the government can develop the existing economic resources, amid the global economic uncertainty. 

“If the previous government continue to rule right now, definitely there are already best approaches to face the economic crisis,” he said.

Raime also said the official announcement on Sabah Umno autonomy will be made during the Umno General Assembly in November. 

On the Umno-PAS pact in the context of Sabah Umno, Raime said this is beneficial for Sabahans as well despite quarters voicing out unpleasantness on the union. 

“There are those who said it can cause disunity and many other negative comments. To me, it is good because and it should not be looked at from religious perspective. 

“There will be no race and people of other religions side-lined, it is not true. Like under the previous government, other religions had also been looked after. We had also stressed on this in our manifesto. 

“So we should accept the union (Umno-Pas) and work on preserving harmony. Sabah is so unique until people were asking how the multi-diverse races in Sabah can live in unity and harmony...there should not be a negative perception on this union,” he said. 

Sabah Umno Liaison Secretary, Datuk Jafry Ariffin, Deputy Information Chief, Datuk Nilwan Kabang, Assistant Liaison Secretary, Awang Aslee Awang Lakat, Kota Kinabalu Umno Division Chief, Hajah Musliati Moslimin, Libaran Umno Division Chief, Datuk Suhaimi Nasir, and Titing Putang, Special Aid of Bung Moktar, were also present. 



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