Fresh talk over political future of Bumburing and Lajim


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012

KOTA KINABALU: Two Sabah MPs appear to be switching their political postures, leading to fresh talk that they are preparing to leave the Barisan Nasional camp by the weekend.

Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Bumburing and Beaufort representative Datuk Lajim Ukin, however, have both denied they are crossing over to the Opposition, although their actions over the past six months have raised eyebrows and set political tongues wagging.

Bumburing, who is Upko deputy president, resigned as Tuaran Barisan division chairman on Monday and said he would make a decision on his political future at an event dubbed Movement for Change Sabah, which is scheduled to be held at Dalit in Tuaran, about 40km from here, on Saturday.

However, he has not given any indication that he will quit Upko, headed by Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

Bumburing's boss and other Upko officials, including secretary-general Wilfrid Tangau, have repeatedly dismissed talk that he is leaving the party.

But they have yet to respond to Bumburing's latest move while senior Barisan officials in Sabah have chosen to keep quiet as they feel the situation is still fluid.

Also on Monday, Lajim, an Umno supreme council member, paid a courtesy call on Kelantan Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in Kota Baru.

The Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister had earlier stepped down as Karambai Kebatu Umno branch chief and announced he would not be defending his post as Beaufort Umno division chief in the next party polls.

He had been critical about the Barisan leadership in the state while Bumburing wants the Federal Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the illegal immigrants issue in Sabah and other state-related issues.

Earlier this year, the two were linked to the formation of a new party, the Sabah Peoples Front, but the idea was aborted and both men were widely speculated to be heading towards the PKR.

However, party leaders in the state are keeping mum about the matter, although some indicated that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be at Bumburing's event on Saturday and be a guest for the breaking of fast at Lajim's house in either Likas or Beaufort.

Lajim said he would make an announcement on his future on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman declined to speculate on the reasons of Bumburing's resignation.

“I haven't received the letter and I don't know the reasons,” he said yesterday.

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