Rift within Sabah Barisan will be resolved internally, says Kurup

KOTA KINABALU: The differences over Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin’s appointment to lead Sabah Barisan Nasional in the state election will be sorted internally, says Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Kurup.

“We will work it out internally, ” he said without answering when asked if the party supported Bung Moktar to lead Sabah Barisan.

Sabah MCA meanwhile said it would fully support Bung Moktar as this was in line with Barisan spirit since the Kinabatangan MP was appointed by Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung said Barisan must overcome its political opponents in a one-to-one manner to enhance their chances of victory in the election.

PBRS and MCA are part of the Sabah Barisan.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Sabah STAR meanwhile choose to let Umno solve its own party issues.

PBS deputy president Datuk Johnny Mositun said it was too early to comment or elaborate on the matter but hoped Umno would work it out among itself.

“We don’t want to meddle in other people’s business. I am sure they will solve this problem within themselves amicably, ” he said.

Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said it was better to let Barisan settle their problems within themselves.

“I don’t want to meddle, ” he said.

Internal friction between Bung Moktar and 12 of the 25 Sabah Umno division chiefs was brought into the open when the group, led by supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, went public on Tuesday demanding a change in party leadership in view of Bung Moktar’s current court cases.

Abdul Rahman said appointing Bung Moktar to lead in the state election was a “suicidal move”.

He said Bung Moktar’s personal issues could be taken advantage by the enemies.

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