KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has welcomed Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s call to move forward and strengthen ties among parties collaborating under Perikatan Nasional.
Sabah Bersatu information chief Khairul Firdaus Akbar (pic), in a statement on Saturday (July 11), praised the Senior Minister’s leadership and wisdom, which will provide momentum for Sabah Umno and Sabah Bersatu to work on their cooperation within Perikatan.
“Sabah Bersatu is clearly committed on the need to strengthen the cooperation amongst parties within PN in Sabah, namely Bersatu, Umno, STAR, PBS, PBRS and PAS.
“In facing the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainties, Perikatan is best placed to assist the government to strengthen the economy and unite the people to ensure our nation thrives,” Khairul said.
He said all leadership in Perikatan at every level has been called on to be more open and efficient towards unity in the pact.
Ismail Sabri, on Friday (July 10) night, said the political ties between Umno and Bersatu are not affected despite the controversial statement of Mersing MP Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad that Sabah Umno was now irrelevant.
This is because it was his personal opinion and did not reflect Bersatu and that Abd Latiff has also openly apologised, added Ismail.
“The statement did not even come from Bersatu itself, and we do not hear any Sabah Bersatu leaders condemning us or supporting what he said.
“But, Sabah Umno has the autonomy and freedom to decide whatever it wants to do,” Ismail was quoted as saying.
He added then that everyone should move forward and focus on important work, like the next general election.
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, meanwhile, earlier confirmed his tweet that Sabah Umno will be re-contesting in all the parliamentary seats it had run in at the 14th General Election, as well as considering several other seats.
When asked if he would expect friction within partners such as Bersatu due to that decision, he simply said the future was uncertain, as politics are always changing.
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