Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Masidi and Salleh not contesting Umno supreme council post

Ranau Umno division chief Datuk Masidi Manjun has withdrawn from contesting the Umno Supreme Council seat at the party's general assembly next month.

Masidi who is also Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister said the decision was necessary as he wanted to focus on his duties as minister and the state assemblyman for Karanaan.

"I have to focus on my official duties as tourism is one of the three thrusts of economic development under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC)," he said in a statement in Kota Kinabalu today.

Masidi urged Sabah Umno delegates to the general assembly to ensure that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was returned as Umno Supreme Council member.

Masidi is the second Umno leader, who had qualified to contest in the party election, to pull out of the race.

Yesterday, Kota Belud Umno head Datuk Mohd Salleh Tun Said had also announced not to go ahead to contest in the party's election.

Salleh, a former Chief Minister, said he was not contesting so as to concentrate in strengthening the party in Kota Kinabalu. He also said that by pulling out, there will be more chance for the other leaders from Sabah to win.

Meanwhile, it is expected that several more Umno divisional leaders, who had secured enough nomination to contest, will be announcing not to join the fray in the March's Umno general election in Kuala Lumpur.

1 comment:

HHunter said...

The winds of change continue blowing.. to end the term of the current CM. But his buddies think he should remain stronger in the UMNO MT so he can remain entrenched as Sabah CM