Sabah Umno Secretary Datuk Haji Yahya Hussin has again express the party's strong interest for the Putatan parliamentary seat currently held by another Barisan Nasional (BN) party, UPKO.
Opening Umno branches conferences at Dewan Raya Putatan Saturday, Yahya said Umno should had been given the seat to contest in the March 8, 2008 general elections.
"We (Umno) had made known our intention to represent BN in Putatan MP seat in the last election but it went to the hand of others. They disagreed but we (Umno) worked very hard and in th end BN win the seat," he said.
Yahya, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, said Umno actually wanted its sacrifice to be recognised by other BN component parties.
He said other BN component parties should reciprocate the huge contribution by Umno Putatan but `at times our sacrifices have gone unnoticed and even our sincerity questioned.'
"Its like there is a case of `kacang lupakan kulit (one forgetting its origin) because sometiomes they question what is the Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) so we really hope that in thhe next general election, Putatan will be given to Ymno," Yahya said.
For the record UPKO's Datuk Dr Marcus Makin Mojigoh won Putatan polling 12,766 votes defeating Saukinah Yussof of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who garnered 6,485 votes while an Independent candidate Ramzah Ahmad lost his deposit after getting only 850 votes.
This is Mojigoh's second term as Putatan MP.
With a huge majority of 6,283 votes will UPKO headed by Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok `surrender' Putatan to Umno in the 13th general elections?