PETALING JAYA: The exodus from Sabah Umno was started by Umno leaders in the peninsular, who themselves had no courage to leave the party, claims Datuk Masidi Manjun.
The former Umno Sabah secretary and Sabah tourism minister said that it was not the question if the Sabah Umno exodus will instigate a similar wave in the peninsular, but why those Umno leaders who keep harping on leaving did not.
"There was no mastermind behind the exodus … it was a unanimous decision among those who decided to leave Umno after much discussion. It was a painful but not a difficult decision.
"We will give ourselves about a month or so to decide on our future political direction," said Masidi.
On Tuesday (Dec 11), Masidi was part of an exodus from Sabah Umno, comprising nine of 10 assemblymen, five of six MPs and 21 of 25 division chiefs.
"We left not to destabilise Umno, but because we want to chart a new political direction. Our patience has been exhausted.
"When you are in the party nearly as long as you have lived, saying goodbye is not easy.
Masidi said the former Umno leaders are currently busy at their respective divisions to explain their move to the grassroots leaders.