SNAP: Umno can come

Monday September 17, 2007

SNAP: Umno can come

KUCHING: The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) does not object to Umno spreading its wings to the state, its president Edwin Dundang said.

We see nothing wrong for Umno to come to Sarawak. It is a legal political party that serves the people, he said.

He, however, denied having any links with groups that promoted Umno in the state.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat is our partner, he said at SNAPs 16th triennial delegates conference at the partys headquarters here yesterday.

Umno has repeatedly said it was not planning to enter Sarawak, and last week party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Umno was not considering that step at the moment.

However, he said Umno could not stop the people of Sarawak from loving the party.

Earlier reports quoted Sarawak Umno pro tem committee officials as saying that there were now more than 36,000 Umno members statewide and the target was to increase the number to 100,000 by December this year.

Dozens of Umno branches were reported to have been set up and Umno flags were flown in several Malay villages.

Dundang also accused its Engkilili assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong of betraying the party as the latter intended to defect to the Barisan Nasional.

I regret giving him the letter of consent to stand as a SNAP candidate in the state election last year, said Dundang.

For Rayong, politics is for personal survival.

Stupid dayaks bought by UMNO…