KOTA KINABALU: There is no political fallout between former Sabah Umno Information chief and his state boss Datuk Musa Aman.
Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said yesterday his relationship with Musa, the Chief Minister, was very good and that his decision to quit as Sabah Umno Information chief had nothing to do with any political differences.
Musa and I go back a long way, since the time of Parti Usno (that dissolved to merge with Umno in 1991). Our relationship has always been good, said Rahim, who is retaining his state Agriculture and Food Industry Ministers portfolio.
Musa announced Rahims sudden resignation after chairing the state Umno liaison committee meeting on Thursday, which almost immediately sparked off speculation of a fallout between Musa and Rahim and that he was asked to quit by Umnos Information unit in Kuala Lumpur.
On his leaving the Sabah Umno liaison meeting mid-way through, Rahim said it was just coincidence, as his elder brother had been taken ill suddenly and he had to help make arrangements for him to be sent to a hospital.
Rahim stressed that his decision to quit the Umno post was purely to allow members with more time to carry out the task of information chief as his state ministerial duties were heavy.
I had discussed at length with the Chief Minister before he agreed to, and accepted, my resignation, said Rahim who was replaced as Information Chief by state Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Sapawi Ahmad on Thursday.
Rahim said he was committed to helping Musa achieve the states goals of agro self-sufficiency and was working on the implementation of about nine to 11 projects that were to take off by the year-end.
Asked whether the Umno information unit in Kuala Lumpur had forced his resignation, Rahim reiterated that his decision was based on work commitments.
Rahims move to vacate the post had come as a surprise, even to some of his party colleagues.
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