KOTA KINABALU July 24, 2012: Is Tuaran member of parliament Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing taking the first step to confirm speculations he is leaving Barisan Nasional (BN) by resigning as the Coalition’s liaison chairman for his constituency?
The United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) deputy president in a statement yesterday said his resignation as the BN liaison chairman for Tuaran is with immediate effect.
Bumburing, who is also Amanah Merdeka National deputy president and Amanah Sabah chairman said, “I have hereby effective today, July 23, resigned from the post as Barisan Nasional chairman for P-170 Tuaran.
“My letter of resignation was sent by facsimile to the BN Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to the attention of the BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as well as to the office of the Sabah State BN chairman Datuk Seri Musa Aman. I have also copied my letter of resignation to UPKO president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok as well as UPKO secretary general Datuk Wilfred M. Tangau.
“I will be making an important announcement with regard to the future direction of my political struggle during a special gathering at Dalit, Tuaran this Sunday, July 29 at 1pm. Those who are free and have time on that day are welcome to join the gathering,” he said.
In his resignation letter which was made available to the media, Bumburing said as he was no longer the UPKO Tuaran division chief, it would be better if someone else who holds a post in BN component parties in Tuaran be appointed as the Coalition’s liaison chairman for the constituency.
He contended that his resignation as BN Tuaran liaison chairman will pave the way for the constituency’s new leadership to prepare for the coming 13th General Election.
“I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the BN leadership for its trust in me all this while,” Bumburing said.
Speculations of Bumburing leaving BN have been around for quite a while but the UPKO deputy president has always denied the rumours.