SHAH ALAM: Ranau Umno division deputy chairman Datuk Masidi Manjun will assume the duties of his chairman, former Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, who has sought leave from the post.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the party management committee which met on Wednesday accepted a request by Kasitah to take leave from the party post pending the outcome of two corruption charges against him.
His deputy would take over the duties of the Ranau Umno division chief.
However, should Kasitah be cleared of the charges and is freed by the court, he can retain the division chief post, said Najib, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, after opening a national conference for officers from the Information Ministry here yesterday.
On Monday, Kasitah resigned as Land and Cooperative Minister and his portfolio would be taken over by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who also holds the Home and Finance portfolios.
Kasitah, 57, claimed trial to two separate charges of having used his position as a former chairman of the Sabah Land and Development Board to approve a proposal for the sale of 16.8 million shares held by the board in Sapi Plantations Sdn Bhd to Briskmark Enterprise Sdn Bhd.