Sabah Umno chief Bung moves to strengthen GRS coalition amid national political tension

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin maintains that Sabah Umno's stand is to stick with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition and deliver the mandate of the people.

Bung was seen as trying to strengthen the GRS coalition government amid national political developments within Umno and its partners in Perikatan Nasional.

Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (seated  centre) with former Sabah Umno youth leaders 1991.Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (seated centre) with former Sabah Umno youth leaders 1991.

Bung joined a gathering of Sabah Umno Youth leaders from 1991, asking them to set aside political differences and contribute towards the development of Sabah as outlined by the state government with its slogan "Sabah Maju Jaya."

"This is the time for us to develop the state with the government having clear direction to deliver the GRS election manifesto," said Bung, who is Deputy Chief Minister in the GRS government led by Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The gathering was held as a get-together of the state's first Umno Youth leaders after Umno spread its wings to Sabah in 1991.

Bung said that as Umno Youth leaders in the early days, they would be better placed to help provide ideas to meet the aspirations of the people.

"If we all unite, including our former Umno Youth leaders, and set our respective political differences aside, our state can progress through professional contribution of ideas for policies as well as constructive criticism," he said during the reunion gathering at a hotel here Thursday (Jan 7).

"Let us look forward for the benefit of Sabah," he said, adding that the GRS government was focused on the development of the state.

In earlier reports, Bung said that Sabah Umno's stand was to defend the GRS government that won the state in the just concluded state election on Sept 26.

Sabah Barisan Nasional (comprising Sabah Umno, Sabah MCA and PBRS -Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah), Sabah Perikatan (comprising Sabah Bersatu, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and PAS) with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) make up the GRS state coalition.

With the national Umno set to decide its position within the Perikatan-led federal government later this month, questions about Umno's position in GRS have arisen.

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