Friday, 5 April 2013

Amir Kahar quit job, and later UMNO, to fight BN in Banggi

By Christian Danial

KOTA KINABALU : Sabah Barisan Nasional especially UMNO, is set to lose one of its northern chieftains, Amir Kahar Mustapha, who yesterday quit his UMNO-appointed job, and made known public his intention to "stand in the coming general election".

He quit the post Inspector-General of Projects, an unglamorous post created to be of ministerial-status but which has little clout and notice.

Amir Kahar, a son of Sabah's first Yang di-Pertua Negara, Mustapha Harun, was briefly a former deputy chief minister under PBS government.

He used to be Banggi assemblyman for 22 years until he was dropped by UMNO in 2008 and replaced with unknown Mijul Unaini. He is now set to go against BN in the northern-most seat in Sabah.

"I have sent my resignation letter to the Chief Minister's Department," ostensciously without naming Chief Minister Musa Aman.

"I would be contesting in the coming election, i will make the announcement soon (under which party to contest). I have decided to contest again after almost a five-year break because i believed i can still deliver and serve the people," Amir Kahar reportedly said in Kota Kinabalu.

Amir Kahar, of Suluk-Bajau ethnic, was involved in seeking solution to the recent Tanduo stand-off in Lahad Datu and he was believed to be a personal emissary of Prime Minister Najib Razak in a meeting with self-proclaimed Sultan Jamalul Kiram III in Manila recently.

It is not yet known what made Amir Kahar decided to announce his own candidacy yesterday but insiders had been claiming he is grossly unhappy with UMNO's ways of handling him and Sabah issues lately.

He was rumoured to have talk with Jeffrey Kitingan of State Reform Party (STAR) only weeks ago but now his supporters claimed that PKR could have seized the opportunity to get him aboard the surging PKR.

If this happens, then again Jeffrey failed to secure alliance for his fledgling STAR, which in recent weeks had seen a drop in support in contrast with now surging-again PKR.

Peninsular-based PKR was coming in strong ahead of a crucial poll that many people increasingly believe more to replace UMNO regime at the central government than entertaining parochial politics, which STAR and SAPP (Sabah Progressive Party) are riding on since the last one year.

Source: Google Syndication


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