Although the Sabah state election which was reported to be held early is merely a speculation, Sabah Umno is already prepared to mobilise the whole of its machinery to face any eventuality.
Sabah Umno Liaison Body deputy chairman Salleh Said Keruak said, however, the priority for Sabah UMNO now was to look after the welfare of the people in ensuring that the present government could be defended until the 14th General Election (GE14) was held, Bernama reported.
“For the moment, there has been no decision on an early election. Although this is merely a speculation, we are confident that the people will continue to give their support to the ruling government,” said Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, after attending the Umno Supreme Council meeting, here today.
A local press recently reported that Sabah would hold a snap election in 2018.
When asked to comment on the challenge posed by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) led by a former Umnoi vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal, Salleh said the party was merely a new one that had no grassroots support.
“This is the first time that Warisan will compete with Umno in Sabah, and I am confident the people of Sabah will retain the present government which has an excellent track record,” said the Communications and Multimedia Minister.
Meanwhile, Umno Supreme Council member Bung Moktar Radin said there was no pressing need to have a snap election in Sabah because the position of the party is stable now.
“Sabah Umno is optimistic and confident of getting full support from the people of Sabah, there is no problem for us if a snap election is held,” said Bung Moktar who is also the Member of Parliament for Kinabatangan.