KOTA KINABALU, July 30 (Bernama) -- Beaufort Umno, once led by former Umno
Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, is very much functional with a
majority of the divisional committee members staying put in Umno, according to
Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
He said they included the division''s deputy chief, vice-chief, most of the
committee members, the Youth chief, Wanita chief and Puteri chief and a majority
of the three wings'' committee members.
"All of them are staying put in Umno. The same goes for the branch chiefs,
who are staying in Umno. Obviously, Lajim is on his own," he said in a statement
Abdul Rahman said that as with the other parliamentary and state seats all
over the nation, BN was ready to defend the Beaufort and Tuaran parliamentary
"And we, God willing, will win them again for the future of the people and
for the state and nation," he said.
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Abdul Rahman was commenting on the resignation of Lajim as an Umno Supreme
Council member, Beaufort Umno Division chief and Beaufort BN chairman effective
last Saturday as well as the resignation of Datuk Wilfred Bumburing as Upko
"Some people may say that the announcement by Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin to join
the opposition is something to be upset or sad about.
"I personally think that the announcement was some sort of a joyous occasion
for the Barisan Nasional because Umno Beaufort can now aggressively mobilise its
machinery without being bogged down by the uncertainties of the last few months
created by the over-extended and over-dramatic power play by Lajim," he said.
He said: "The BN has seen leaders come and go. But learning from the
experience, BN comes out standing tall and continues to be the party of choice
for the majority of Malaysians."
Abdul Rahman said it was clear that the people voted for the BN as a party
and not the individual candidates "which Lajim and Bumburing are confused
"The people put their trust in the "dacing" (BN''s symbol of the scale
balance) which provides solid plans for the future and not ''prima donnas'' who
only have self-interest and positions in mind," he said.
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