KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has urged everyone, especially the youth divisions of Sabah Umno and Sabah Bersatu, to stop bickering over the issue of party members.
Commenting on the ongoing back and forth about Umno members being stolen or bought to join Bersatu, Bung Moktar said it is the prerogative of people to join the party of their choosing.
Instead, the partners under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) should focus on strengthening the state administration and helping Sabahans.
"Personally, I don't think members can be easily bought.
"But it is up to members to choose which party to join; people are free to go anywhere as we practice democracy.
"So, my advice to everyone is to drop any conflicts over party members.
"The time is here for us to serve the people, don't waste time on matters that do not benefit us," he told reporters at an appreciation ceremony for Sabah Public Works Department on Tuesday (Jan 5).
He said the focus should be on defending the GRS pact built in the state, so they can develop Sabah well.
Bung Moktar said this when asked to comment after Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain echoed Malaysia Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki's claim that Umno members were stolen or bought over by Bersatu.
Aziz had claimed that Bersatu in Sabah managed to lure Sabah's Umno members to join them.
However, Sabah Bersatu Armada chief Fairuz Renddan, in response, said there was no such issue of stealing Umno members and urged all quarters to stop making statements that jeopardise GRS unity.
He said no one should make random claims without studying the issue concerned in detail.