He said the party secretary general Datuk Seri Annuar Musa and acting party deputy president Datuk Ismail Sabri were expected to be in Sabah next week to brief members on the position of Umno in Sabah that would work autonomously.
“Sabah Umno will be led by Sabahans and we will decide the seats to contest in coming elections, the candidates and also membership.
"We will operate autonomously,” he told reporters on Wednesday (Jan 30).
He said the central leadership had agreed to make necessary amendments to the party constitution that would give Sabah Umno total freedom to operate as local party of Sabahans.
“Our opponents say that we are a Malaya party, with the autonomy, but Sabahan members will decide everything. We will not be tied up with any pacts done by Umno in peninsular Malaysia,” he said, adding that once the party’s position was strengthened, Sabah Umno would choose its local partners from other opposition parties.
Bung Mokthar maintained that Sabah Umno’s grassroots remained intact despite the Dec 12 departure of top leaders.