Sunday, 19 October 2008

Shafie: I want to be the first from Sabah

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal wants to be the first Sabahan to be elected Umno Vice President.

"I had qualified to contest for the post in the party's election in March," he said in Kota Kinabalu Sunday. Shafie, an elected supreme council member, had so far secured 26 nominations, six more than the minimum 20 to qualify to contest for the Vice President post.

Shafie will be the second Umno leader from Sabah to vie for the post, the first being former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Osu Haji Sukam. Osu lost in the election.

He also denied that in going for the Vice President post, he had a pack with Education Minister Datuk Hishamuddin Tun Husseian and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Muhammad Muhammad Taib in the party election.

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