Parti Warisan Sabah’s Sukau assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman had commented that Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin is in a state of denial when he dismissed reports that over 3,000 Umno members had left the party to join Warisan.
“Bung Moktar is in a state of denial. The reality on the ground is that he has lost his support,” Saddi was reported to have told The Star yesterday (31st January 2019). Saddi also alleged that some 5,000 members of the 200 branches in Kinabatangan Umno had left to join Warisan. He also added that most of Umno branches are “closing shop” after he left the party to join Warisan in early December.
“With the mass exodus of former Sabah Umno leaders, it is paralysed and any claim that the former ruling party is in a healthy state is just a case of refusing to accept reality,” he said adding that Bung should look at the political reality on the ground.
Bung Moktar had also previously claimed to have wanted to leave Sabah Umno if it was not for Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal stepping down as president. He was reported to have told MalayMail that he was always offered to join Warisan, but he “does not want it yet” because without his “big brother” Shafie’s leadership, the party would be “directionless”.
However, a MalayMail report has said that Shafie had denied trying to court Bung into Parti Warisan Sabah.
“I haven’t seen him in a while,” Shafie was reported by MalayMail to have said when asked to comment on Bung’s statement that he had and continues to receive invitations to ditch Umno.
“I haven’t met Bung since then. It’s his statement. Before the formation of Warisan and before the election I met him, and he has his own stand ― he wanted to remain in Umno. That’s the last I met him, and since then he has become the Sabah Umno chairman.
“I did not offer him to join Warisan, but before the election, yes,” Shafie added.