KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Armada Bersatu chief Fairuz Renndan has taken a swipe at Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain for questioning Bersatu’s ‘loyalty’ and ‘sincerity’.
Fairuz opined that the decision to give independents who won against Umno candidates during the previous election positions in state government should not be an issue.
“How can he say (Abdul Aziz) Sabah Bersatu betrayed Umno to the extent they needed to be magnanimous in order to save the state?
“Umno candidates who lost in the Sabah elections were also named as nominated assemblymen. So, where does the issue of dishonesty and insincerity come from?” said Fairuz in a statement.
“This is not the first time I have told him to think first before making any statement,” he added.
Abdul Aziz had said that his party had been ‘magnanimous’ despite Bersatu rewarding independent assemblymen who contested against Barisan Nasional candidates in last year’s state election with strategic positions in the state.
Abdul Aziz had even urged Sabah Umno to keep the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government intact but only as long as Bersatu did not betray Umno again.
In response, Fairuz said that Abdul Aziz has a habit of ‘fuelling the fire’.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for him to become the thorn that continues to prick the unity within GRS as the road for the coalition is still long.
“It’s better that as long as we are together under GRS, we focus on helping with efforts to revive Sabah from the effects of Covid-19,” he further said.