Lajim told to show cause for pro-Pakatan stand
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 ― Umno lawmaker Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin was today slapped with a show-cause letter for insulting the party leadership when he quit his political posts and aligned himself with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) last weekend.
The Beaufort MP, who still holds his deputy minister post, was given 14 days to explain to the party why he should not be sacked for his actions, Umno Online reported here.
“Umno views seriously what Lajim has done, especially in his endorsement of the ‘Pakatan Perubahan Sabah (PPS)’ movement, apart from his close relationship with the opposition pact, which mocks the Umno leadership,” Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was quoted as saying by the portal.
According to Tengku Adnan, or “Ku Nan”, Article 20.8 of Umno’s constitution stipulates that every member must love the party and abide by its principles and ethics, apart from always protecting its name and image.
Ku Nan also labelled Lajim’s decision to resign his posts as an internal party matter involving the leader and a few other individuals.
“So it should not be linked to a party that has contributed much to the country and its people,” he was quoted as saying.
Lajim quit as Umno supreme council member, Beaufort division chief and Beaufort BN chairman last Saturday and pledged his allegiance to the federal opposition in what analysts believe could be a major ripple in Sabah’s political landscape.
The senior politician has, however, remained an Umno member and the deputy minister for housing and local government.
Lajim’s move followed fellow Sabah BN lawmaker Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing’s resignation from his BN posts on July 23.