KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno is ready for snap polls and is expected to meet on Aug 2 to finalise its strategies to win back the state it lost following the last general election, says Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.
“We are ready. It will be a real challenge. I believe the machinery is ready as we have been preparing for the election,” said the Sabah Umno chairman.
He said that the party’s state political bureau will meet first and followed by the state committee to discuss steps and actions to be taken.
“We will decide on our alliances for the state election,” the Kinabatangan MP said when contacted Friday (July 31).
He said they will also discuss the standard guidelines for the party to accept its former members including elected representatives wanting to return to the party after they left following the fall of the Barisan Nasional government in 2018.
He said that former Sabah Umno assemblymen who had joined the alliance of assemblymen led by Tan Sri Musa Aman had called him to talk about re-joining Umno.
“Some of them have called me, and some others want to meet me. We will decide on their positions,” said Bung referring to eight former Umno assemblymen who were among the 16 who had crossed over from Warisan, Sabah PKR, Upko and Sabah DAP to team up with Musa.
The former chief minister tried to topple Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal's Warisan-led government but failed when the Yang di-Pertua Negeri dissolved the state assembly on Thursday (July 30).
Bung reiterated that the move by Musa, the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, had nothing to do with Sabah Umno.
"Their attempt was similar to what federal MPs did to join Perikatan Nasional when the Pakatan Harapan government fell in March this year," said Bung.
Bung had previously said that Sabah Umno preferred elections than bringing down the government through crossovers.
“The head of state has the right to make a decision on these matters,” he said, adding their focus was to prepare for the state election.
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