SEMPORNA – UMNO members in Semporna have been reminded to remain steadfast to the party’s political struggle and not confuse or mix family relationships with that of the party.
Semporna UMNO Division acting chief Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran said family would always be family, but as UMNO members, they needed to remain firm in their political struggle, especially if they were related to individuals who were no longer with the party or had joined the opposition.
“(We should remain) steadfast with our direction, strict with our pledge of loyalty to the party. Don’t take the pledge of loyalty lightly,” he said when speaking at a meeting with UMNO branch leaders in Semporna, today.
In the meantime, he said the announcement by 22 UMNO branch leaders recently that they were leaving the party would not affect the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s strength in the area.
“Of the 489 UMNO branches here, 22 branch leaders have left the party, but that is not a loss to UMNO as its members are still with the party,” he said, reminding those present not to be afraid to deal with former UMNO members representing the opposition.
Nasir said there were members of the opposition who held seats in Semporna (parliamentary and state), but it was BN who gave them the win.
“Because the majority who supported these ‘people’ were members of UMNO and BN. They have won because of the people and not because of themselves, and the people who supported them are still with us in BN,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nasir, who is Senallang assemblyman said BN was able to win in the general election this time because the people of Semporna remembered the party which had helped them.
“Although at one point there was a leader (referring to a leader of the Parti Warisan Sabah) who claimed he had served the people of Semporna, but he forgot that, that was when he was still in the government and held a post,” he said. – BERNAMA