KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman is among the 10 of 25 Umno division pro tem heads likely to remain unopposed when some 5,000 party branches conclude their meetings in Sabah today.
Nearly all the Umno branches in Musa’s Libaran division have nominated him alone for the post of chairman.
Asked after an official function here yesterday if he felt he would be winning his division’s top post uncontested, Musa nodded his head in agreement and said: “There are many divisions where pro tem chairmen will be returned unopposed.”
Musa, who is the Sabah Umno chairman, also said that the state party headquarters had received complaints of alleged irregularities at branch meetings and the party’s state secretary Datuk Yahya Hussin was looking into them.
Advising Umno members to refrain from going overboard in their campaign for posts, Musa said they should always maintain unity as any contest should be seen as a friendly fight among family members.
Apart from Libaran, the branches in the Putatan division have nominated Yahya, who is a Deputy Chief Minister, to retain his post of chairman.
State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun looks set to take over the Ranau division chief’s post replacing former Land and Co-operative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam who was charged with corruption earlier this year.
Masidi, who is the Karanaan assemblyman, was acting pro tem head of the Ranau division after Kasitah’s graft charges emerged in court.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Lajim Ukin, who was dropped as deputy chief minister, is also among the division heads expected to keep their post as he has received the bulk of the nominations from the branches under his Beaufort division.
Another Umno supreme council member unchallenged is Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal in the Semporna division.
Other division heads expected to be returned uncontested are Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Datuk Hajiji Noor (Tuaran), Datuk Taufick Abu Bakar Titingan (Tawau), Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh (Kalabakan), Datuk Juhar Mahirrudin (Batu Sapu) and Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (Kinabatangan).