KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno remains unfazed by the registration of the 11 newly registered political parties in the state including the United Sabah National Organisation (Baru).
Though officially the organisation’s name was abbreviated to Baru it would likely to be more known as Usno - the same name of the party that was dissolved to make way for Umno’s entry into Sabah more than 20 years ago.
Sabah Umno deputy chief Datuk Salleh Tun Said said on Tuesday the registration of United Sabah National Organisation would not change the state’s political landscape.
“The struggle of the original Usno is being pursued by Sabah Umno,” he told The Star when contacted in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Asked about the Registrar of Society’s move of approving the 11 new political parties in Sabah, Salleh said: ‘’this is a democratic country.”
“If you look at Sabah’s political history, many parties have been formed but eventually disappeared, either rejected or merged,” Salleh added.
“Sabahans are matured politically and they are not easily influenced. Barisan Nasional is still the choice of a majority. The people want stability and progress,” he said.
Star Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, whose party had been affiliated with the then unregistered Usno in the last May 5 polls, said the approval for the party was bound to revive the original Usno spirit among many Sabahans.
“This is a good development for Sabah because we need to have alternative parties for those not keen on joining Umno while wanting to promote the spirit of independence,” he said.
Registrar of Societies director general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman said on Monday that apart from the 11 parties in Sabah, his office had also approved the registration of five organisations in Sarawak and four from the peninsula.
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