Saddi denies Bung’s claim he was a sponsored candidate

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

KOTA KINABALU: Former deputy Umno Kinabatangan chief, Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman has denied allegations that he had been ‘sponsored’ in the division’s election last Saturday.

Sadd said he found it strange that Umno Kinabatangan chief Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin raised the issue as the latter had won the post.

Why did he also have to threaten to resign from the post, the Sukau assemblyman questioned.

“If it is true that I was sponsored, Bung Mokhtar would surely have lost the divisional election. But he won and he should be thankful to God for that.

“Maybe he was feeling the pressure because no one had challenged him for the divisional chief post for 20 years,” Saddi said, in response to Bung Mokhtar’s statement claiming of outside interference by sponsoring his opponents in the Umno Kinabatangan divisional election.

According to Saddi, his decision to challenge Bung Mokhtar for the division’s top post was made after party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak introduced transformation within Umno.

“I accept the decision of the delegates who did not choose me and Bung Mokhtar should be thankful that no one had challenged him in the past 20 years,” he remarked and added that he welcomed Bung Mokhtar’s offer to resign as Umno Kinabatangan chief.

“But my question is, why do it only after the divisional election? Is it a ploy to pave the way for someone to be a candidate in the 14th general election?

“Why not resign before the divisional election and make way for me and the deputy divisional chief to go for the top post? Is this a form of cronyism practice to ensure that he continues to lead Umno Kinabatangan?

“It is my hope that Bung Mokhtar is really serious about resigning so that transformation can take place and all that he said is not just rhetoric,” Saddi stressed.

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