KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia respects Umno as a "senior party" and has never looked down on it, says Sabah Bersatu Armada head Fairuz Renddan.
"We never judge or look down on other parties. In Sabah, Umno is our partner in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government," he said.
The state youth wing chief said Bersatu would definitely work together with Umno as a government.
"We respect and are confident in the credibility of leaders in Umno," Fairuz said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 25).
Fairuz's statement appears to downplay an earlier statement by his party's national youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal that Umno was no longer the major power in national politics.
Fairuz described Wan Ahmad Fayhsal's statement as negative and arrogant as it could threaten the unity and good working relationship of GRS.
"If there is any leader from Bersatu who judges Umno negatively without thinking of the long-term effects to the Perikatan Nasional and Umno government now, it is definitely their personal view and not the view of Bersatu," he added.
Sabah Umno's Kimanis MP Mohamad Alamin had also criticised Wan Ahmad Fayhsal for questioning the strength of Bersatu's allies.