Kalabakan member of parliament Datuk Seri Ghapur Salleh, who said he does not want to see ‘candidate saboteurs’ get recognition, has urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership and Umno to be more vigilant in addressing such issue in the next election.
Referring to past cases, Ghapur said the situation seemed to show that ‘the candidate’ and ‘the sponsor’ were rewarded as recognition for their action in the 12th general election when by right BN should be more wary of such individuals.
“What was surprising, once the election ended, both of them were given honorary titles, and at least one was offered a high position in a BN component party,” he said on Tuesday.
He said the situation occurred in Kalabakan during the last general election.
“At that time, an independent candidate contesting was sponsored by a former BN leader and we had to work hard to ensure the BN candidate won. Thankfully, our efforts were successful,” he said.
“We voice this matter out because we do not want things that had happened before happen again in the next election. We do not want an ‘insider’ to sabotage candidates selected by BN,” he said.
“As chairman of Umno and Kalabkan BN, I see this an important issue because we want to see BN win big in the next election,” he said.
Ghapur said he had taken the matter up in a meeting with Umno disciplinary committee in Kota Kinabalu last month and he hoped it would be given due attention.
Source: The BorneoPost July 5, 2012