The Member of Parliament of Sembrong, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein speaks to the media after a sitting at the Dewan Rakyat. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / Malaysia Gazette / 08 AUGUST 2018.
The Member of Parliament of Sembrong, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein speaks to the media after a sitting at the Dewan Rakyat. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / Malaysia Gazette / 08 AUGUST 2018.

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein denied that he was the mastermind which caused the Sabah UMNO members to leave the party in mass.

“There’s been so many allegations against me with regards to UMNO in the last 6 months and they’ve all proven untrue.

“In respect of recent developments in Sabah, I again find myself obliged to say that I am not in any way instrumental in them deciding to leave the party,” he said in his latest Tweet.

The former Vice-President of UMNO also attached a link to a news portal which quoted a source that alleged that Hishammuddin could be taken a ride by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as an instrument which caused UMNO members to ditch the party.

Earlier, former UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar replied to a tweet saying that there is a ‘bangsawan’ (nobleman) faction that is leading the charge to trigger mass defections.

Although he did not mention Hishammuddin, it was rather obvious that the grandson of the founder of UMNO and son to the third Prime Minister came from the nobleman background.

Earlier today, a total of 15 people’s representatives and 21 Sabah UMNO Division Chiefs (some of them were state assemblymen) announced their decision to leave the party and stated their support for Pakatan Harapan.

Among those who had ditched UMNO include the former Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak, The Member of Parliament of Beluran and the incumbent Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee and the Member of Parliament of Sepitang and son of former Chief Minister of Sabah,  Yamani Hafez Musa. -MalaysiaGazette

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