“The Chief Minister should clarify this matter as to quash rumours going round here that UMNO is behind this. A clarification hopefully will put things to rest and avoid confusion among the people in Penampang.
“Rumour has it that Datuk Marcel Leiking, an UMNO member and also President of Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS), is pushing for a particular person to take over as District Chief. A clarification is all is needed to quash this rumour,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
According to Dr. Jeffrey, who is also KDCA Deputy President, if it is true (UMNO involvement) then this does reflect the spirit of the One Malaysia concept as consultation seems to be absent.
“If the rumour is found to be true, then this only goes to show that UMNO is an unchanged party. It continues to bully other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties.
“There should be consultation among colleagues, including with the current District Chief, who had said he was still healthy and upbeat to serve,” he said when commenting on the on-going issue revolving current chief Christopher Mojungkim and a contender, Sylvester Disimon.
The Borneo Post reported on Tuesday that the State Government had appointed Sylvester as the new Penampang District Chief, taking over from Christopher who retires by end of this month.
On Monday, the newly appointed District Chief submitted his letter of acceptance to Penampang District Officer William Sampil in his office. He will assume his office from September 2008.