‘Umno fought for ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture in Sabah’

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA KINABALU: The cel­e­bra­tion of Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary is timely to up­lift the spirit of mem­bers, es­pe­cially since the gen­eral elec­tion is around the cor­ner.

Silam Umno divi­sion chief Datuk Mo­ham­mad Yu­sof Ap­dal said his divi­sion, which has more than 460 branches and 52,000 mem­bers, the high­est num­ber in the party, would con­tinue to sup­port Umno’s lead­er­ship and strug­gle.

“The party is still rel­e­vant. That’s why it can cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary this month.

“Since its in­cep­tion 70 years ago, its strug­gle still re­mains in de­fend­ing and pro­tect­ing the rights of the peo­ple.”

Yu­sof, who is also La­had Datu as­sem­bly­man, has been a mem­ber since Umno came to Sabah in the 1990s.

He said through the party lead­er­ship, the gov­ern­ment brought a lot of devel­op­ment to the state.

Umno, af­ter be­ing in the state for 25 years, has changed Sabah’s land­scape to a renowned des­ti­na­tion for tourism with plenty of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Even be­fore Umno en­tered Sabah, the party did a lot for the state. It has fought for ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and roads, among oth­ers,” he said, adding that he be­lieved Sabah would con­tinue to pros­per un­der Umno.

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