Monday, August 4, 2008


Musa not contesting Umno Vice President post


Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday announced that he will not contest the Umno Vice President post in the December Party election, but will defend his position as a member of the Supreme Council. He said the decision was reached after giving the matter a long thought and having consultations with colleagues in Sabah Umno. “By doing this, I’ll be able to give full attention to the State’s administration, especially in ensuring the smooth implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor and the Ninth Malaysia Plan. “I have a commitment which requires me to give my attention and time to administration of the State,” he said when opening the delegates’ meetings of Umno branches in the Libaran division here yesterday. He expressed his gratitude to Umno divisions, especially in Sabah, which had voiced their intention to nominate him for the Party’s vice presidency. He said his decision not to go for the Vice President post was not intended to upset any quarters, but to ensure unity among Party members, especially at the grassroots, continued to be enhanced. Musa said he had no problems nor was there other reasons for his decision not to contest for the post. “The Barisan Nasional (BN) and Sabah Umno have been given a huge mandate by the people in the last, general election. Therefore, I want to give full attention in fulfilling the mandate and confidence given by the people to administer and bring progress to the State,” he added. He said Sabah had a development agenda which required focus and commitment from State leaders. Several issues, like those relating to development, security, education, infrastructure and agriculture, had to be addressed, he added. -Bernama

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