Cracks appearing in Sabah Umno?

A Sabah NGO – United Suluk Community Organisation (USCO) – has, strangely enough, decided to move into ‘active’ politics. 

Luke Rintod, FMT

KUDAT: Speculation is high that former deputy chief minister under a PBS-plus government, Amir Kahar Mustapha, is about to quit Umno and join an opposition group.

The former Banggi assemblyman, who is the eldest son of ex- Sabah chief minister, the late Tun Mustapha Harun, is said to have been approached by the members of the Suluk community here to represent them in the opposition in the coming election.

Sources said there had been calls for Amir Kahar to stand again in Banggi which is currently represented by Umno’s Mijul Unaini.

“We may join a party soon if everything is alright,” a source said, adding that they preferred a local party as vehicle but have not ruled out a national party.

Sources close to the politician also said that apart from Banggi, four other state seats and one parliamentary constituency in the west coast – Tanjung Kapur, Karambunai, Likas, Tanjung Aru and Sepanggar respectively – are being eyed by those in his circle.

There has also been talk that Amir Kahar had met with State Reform Party (STAR) chairman Jeffrey Kitingan recently.

Amir Kahar could not be reached for comment.

A younger brother of Amir Kahar, Badarudin, who heads Usno club, has already teamed up with Jeffrey under the United Borneo Alliance (UBA) and is likely to stand in one of the east-coast seats on a STAR ticket.

Another Usno leader, Abdullah Sani Mohd Salleh, is likely to stand in the Bugaya state seat which is currently held by Umno’s Ramlee Marahaban.

Suluk group moves in

Meanwhile, a NGO catering for the Suluk community, United Suluk Community Organsition (USCO), has decided to move into ‘active’ politics.