Umno won’t risk animosity by contesting

KUCHING: United Malay National Organisation (Umno) will not contest in Sarawak state election despite its decision to sever ties with the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government by August.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Umno as well as Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders are sensible enough to not set foot in Sarawak.

Commenting on the recent development surrounding Umno and the embattled PN federal coalition, he said BN is a registered political entity and is eligible to contest in any elections throughout the country.

“Where BN will contest depends on the decision of its Supreme Council or the coalition leaders,” he said.

He pointed out that with Umno being the backbone to BN, the party would have the say on where the coalition contests.

“Of course legally, we can say that this could be a way for Umno to finally contest in elections in Sarawak.

“However, I believe BN or Umno leaders – being sensible leaders would not want to create animosity with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders by doing so,” he said today.

Umno election chief Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has confirmed that the party would cut ties with the PN coalition by August following a party supreme council meeting on Sunday.

Speaking to a Malay daily, Tajuddin also stated that the meeting merely discussed the consensus to cut ties with PN that was reached during its annual general assembly last month.

Earlier this month, Bersatu supreme council member Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin had suggested that the party might contest in Sarawak under the GPS banner in GE15 which was not well received by state leaders.