The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Hajiji: More people supporting BN daily
TUARAN: The Barisan Nasional (BN) is not just looking for victory in the 14th general election (GE14) but winning big with a two-thirds majority of parliament seats.
This was disclosed by Tuaran BN chairman Datuk Seri Hj Hajiji Hj Noor on Saturday.
Hajiji, who is also Tuaran Umno chairman was speaking at the launch of two new Umno branches here, namely the Marabahai/ Bawang Sarayo and the Panjut branches.
“I base my confidence on the fact that more and more people are throwing their support behind BN daily, as evidenced by the opening of the two new branches.
“These two new branches are very significant because the majority of the members are of Dusun Lotud descent.
“This shows that Sabah Umno is not only welcomed by Muslim Bumiputras but also non-Muslims,” he stated, adding that some Umno divisional leaders are non-Muslims from the Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) community.
Hajiji said the Marabahai branch especially was sentimental to him because its chairman, Aradin is the son of former Usno strongman and Dusun Lotud community leader, the late Aning Atam between the 1960s-1970s.
“It is significant because everybody knows that Umno replaced Usno in Sabah,” said Hajiji who started his political career as an Usno assemblyman in 1990.
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At the function, Hajiji received almost 300 new membership application forms presented by Reyson Valen and witnessed by Marabahai chairman Aradin Aning and Panjut chairman Louis Lidong.
Also present were Tuaran BN component leaders led by deputy chairman Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau who is Upko acting president.
Tangau later presented a certificates of appreciation to teenager Adam Mohd Amrie Goh who represented Sabah several times in squash tournaments at the national level and armwrestling champion Stefano Steven.
He also presented a certificate of registration to Marabahai Youth Club chairman Stewerd Steven.
Also on hand were PBS Tamparuli chief Datuk Jahid Jahim, PBS Sulaman chairman Stephen Ebon Sayah and PBRS Sulaman chief Handry Luaran.