ANOTHER leaked document now puts Umno in a spot, with a letter from its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi addressing proposals from Umno Sabah to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin now circulating on social media.
The letter has been making its rounds on social media since last night, as an official response is being sought from Ahmad Zahid’s office or Umno.
In the letter, Ahmad Zahid stated four requests for positions to be granted to Umno Sabah stalwarts, led by Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin for chairman of the Sabah Federal Development committee.
Bung Moktar is also Umno Sabah information chief.
The second request is for Kimanis MP Mohamad Alamin, also the Umno chief in that constituency, to be appointed a deputy minister to represent Umno Sabah.
The third request is for former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and head of the economic planning unit during Najib Razak’s administration, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, to be appointed a senator.
Abdul Rahman is also Tuaran Umno chief.
The final request in the letter dated April 16, is for Umno Supreme Council member and Sepanggar chief Yakubah Khan to be appointed chairman of the Labuan Port Authority.
Opposition representatives have called out the distasteful timing of such efforts, especially as the people were facing the brunt of the Covid 19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.
PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil said went as far as calling it criminal.
“Giving out these plum positions to MPs and politicians while the Rakyat is suffering under MCO is unconscionable and practically criminal,” the Lembah Pantai MP said.
“The Muhyiddin administration needs to focus not on distributing these ‘sweet gifts’ but on ensuring that the needs of frontliners and the Rakyat are well met.”
Bersatu’s Armada executive committee member Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin questioned why Bung Moktar, who was facing graft charges over a RM2.8 million scandal was being proposed to a major position in Sabah.
Abu Hafiz also cited hypocrisy in accusations that Pakatan Harapan’s questioning and efforts to ensure check and balance through their calls for a special parliamentary session to be expedited, were written off as politicking, while the government was busy with such political positioning.
“Actually the ones who are actively breaching the call to stop partisan politics during this crisis is the government and Perikatan Nasional itself,” said Abu Hafiz.
“Such orders and requests put out an image that Umno is issuing whispers of threats to ensure their people are given positions. If this is true, then Umno is also trying to ignore the promise of no appointments of politicians who were facing charges in court,” he added.
Abu Hafiz echoed Fahmi in calling for the government to stop such active political maneuvering at a time when the nation and the people were faced with severe impact of the Covid 19 pandemic both in terms of health and economically.