Razaleigh not blocked out in Sabah, says Masidi
Ranau Umno will not stop any of its branches from nominating Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the Presidency in the Party’s election this December. The Division’s branches have been given the ‘carte blanche’ to nominate any leaders who they feel is qualified for any of the posts in the central or divisional leadership, said its Chief, Datuk Masidi Manjun. He was dispelling talks that Sabah Umno divisions have been given the ‘gag order’ not to nominate Tengku Razaleigh or more popularly known as ‘Ku Li”. “Ku Li has never been blocked out in Sabah. The problem is that when there is no nomination, people say all this. To my knowledge, no one has been barred from contesting or nominating any qualified candidates for the posts,” Masidi who is also Sabah Umno Assistant Secretary, added. Speaking to reporters after launching the JCI Penampang’s ‘Keep Moyog River Clean’ campaign at Kampung Mahandoi here yesterday, the Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister cum Karanaan Assemblyman said the issue is the Sabah Umno members’ response to and support for Ku Li. “From my observations, the mood and sentiment of Umno members in Sabah is to maintain unity and divinity of the Party’s top leadership,” he said, adding that to him, Umno has a more serious problem other than the issue of leadership to overcome and to do this, its leadership must be united. He however stressed that the lack of response does not mean that Ku Li is not respected in Sabah and added, “Personally I can say he is a leader who is well known and has his own credibility in the field of economy”. The issue here is that Umno members are more interested in making sure that the Party leadership is united in facing bigger challenges, he added. Masidi added that while his Division’s nominees are still not known, his stand as a Divisional Chief, was to make it open and give the members full freedom to make their choice. “We however have taken into consideration the Prime Minister’s announcement of his transition of power and we will make sure that this goes smoothly,” he added.