Sunday August 5, 2012
Isnin focusing on unity to strengthen Beaufort Umno
KOTA KINABALU: Isnin Aliasni, the man given the task to lead the Beaufort Umno division following the resignation of former chief Datuk Lajim Ukin, will focus on unity and cooperation.
Isnin said teamwork would strengthen the division after the departure of Lajim and 16 of the 33 division committee members.
On Friday, the Umno supreme council endorsed Isnin, the division's number two, as acting chief ahead of the general election.
“I am thankful to the party and state leadership for having the trust in me to lead the division,” he said, adding that it also reflected the confidence of the division members in him.
Isnin said various programmes were being organised to counter allegations and smears spread against the party by certain groups.
“We want to reinforce the people's faith in the party and also respond to false allegations thrown against us,” he said.
He said the majority of people in Beaufort, however, were not influenced by the resignations.
“The people's support for Umno and Barisan Nasional remains firm,” he added.
Isnin said that along with other division leaders, including vice-chairman Datuk Kimjus Duin, he would go down to the ground and meet people at all levels.
The division's Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings, meanwhile, would also organise programmes to strengthen the party and also clear the air on the allegations made against the party.
“We know that what happened (Lajim's quitting) had nothing to do with Umno. The truth is that those who left were not sincere in the party's struggle.
“Umno is not a party that can be used for political bargaining by anyone, it is for the people,” he added.
Lajim, who is Beaufort MP, quit all his elected positions in Umno on July 29 and aligned himself with Pakatan Rakyat.
Umno has issued him a show-cause letter why he should not be sacked for his actions.