Sunday, 26 October 2008

Lajim's trick worked

Before the 555 delegates casted their votes for the Beaufort Umno Division's election at Dewan Pak Musa, Beaufort yesterday, Datuk Lajim Ukin announced that he would resigned as Federal Transport Deputy Minister should he lost to Sabah Community and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Hajah Azizah Mohd Dun.

Lajim and Azizah were involved in a straight fight for the Beaufort Umno Divison chief post.

"I have made up my mind that I will resign from the Federal post if I lost the post in this election," Lajim told the delegates.

The `bombshell' that Lajim dropped worked for he retained his post, which he had won uncontested since 1999, polling 378 votes against Azizah's 173. There was four spoilt votes in the election when the results were announced about 10pm.

This is the first time that Lajim was challenged for the post.

In the March 8, general elections Azizah then Federal Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister contested for the Klias state constituency while Lajim contested for Azizah's MP seat of Beaufort.

Azizah said she contested for the post as it was normal in a democratic process of any party division in the nation. She said the contest was an election among family and within the party.

"There was no need to be emotional," she said, obviously referring to Lajim linking the outcome of the election to his post in the Federal Government.


northborneo said...

he is a real politician.

San Tot said...

Lajim.....a honorary parliamentarian who savours "buntut" ayam to get tight in the Zoo....the parliament!