BEAUFORT: Umno members are reportedly quitting the party to join Parti Warisan Sabah on a daily basis, but Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar is unfazed.
He said these were people who had left the party not long after the general election in 2018, and the videos of them jumping ship were just political gimmicks.
“When we check with our headquarters, we find that our numbers remain the same, ” he said during a press conference in Kimanis on Tuesday (Jan 14).
Bung said their membership was, in fact, increasing.
“The number of new people joining us every day are small, but we are confident this can make our party stronger and translate into votes come Jan 18, ” he added.
He claimed that out of the over 29,000 registered voters in Kimanis, some 14,000 were Barisan’s voters.
Bung said this after accepting applications from former Warisan members to join Umno.
The members led by their Sri Serbang division chief leader, Pengiran Yusuf Pengiran Abdullah, said they decided to join Umno after losing confidence in Warisan’s leadership.
Yusuf said he was one of the earlier members to set up base and divisions in Bongawan, but the Warisan leaders were not appreciative.
He said he was also sidelined as Warisan leaders claimed he was too old. He is in his 50s.
He said some 200 youth had also followed in his footsteps to join Umno.
“We do this out of sincerity. None of us are paid to join Umno, ” Yusuf said.
According to him, the proposed Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) to be implemented by Warisan was another reason he decided to quit Warisan.
Earlier in the day, some 48 Warisan members from the Kuala Pus voting centre in Bongawan also quit Warisan to join Umno.
The Kimanis parliamentary by-election on Saturday (Jan 18) will see a straight fight between Umno and Warisan.
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