KOTA KINABALU: Seven new chiefs emerged in Sabah Umno with 24 of the 25 divisions having completed their meetings on Sunday.
Five incumbent chiefs, including three veterans, were unseated in the elections that saw 15 other incumbents, including Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, retaining their posts unopposed.
Among the veterans who lost were state assembly speaker Datuk Juhar Mahiruddin in Batu Sapi, former assistant minister Datuk Suraidy Kayong in his Beluran stronghold and Datuk Uzair Yahya in Sepangar.
Juhar lost in a bitter contest with his cousin Datuk Samsuddin Yahya, the Sekong assemblyman; Uzair went down to Jumat Idris, a former Youth leader returning from political wilderness; and Suraidy bowed out to James Ratip, his former deputy.
In Kota Belud, former chief minister Datuk Mohd Salleh Tun Said made a comeback, defeating assistant minister Datuk Musbah Jamlee, while in Silam, state assistant minister Datuk Nasrun Mansur won in a tight five-cornered race.
Banker-turned-politician Bolkiah Ismail came through a three-cornered fight to take over Kudat from retiring incumbent Datuk Masrani Parman, while former Youth leader Wetrom Bahada won the Kota Marudu post vacated by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia earlier this year.
Incumbent Papar chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail staved off a strong challenge from former chief minister Datuk Osu Sukam, while Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Lajim Ukin held on to his Beaufort post against a rare bid by his Wanita chief and state minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.
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