Yusof Apdal Dismiss Crossover Rumours; He’s Staying With Umno

FLASHBACK: Yusof Apdal upon his release on MACC bail on Monday. He is now warded at a private hospital for a medical condition which may require him to undergo minor surgery. – Photo credit Utusan Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: Yusof Apdal, the Lahad Datu Umno Assemblyman will not be ditching the Barisan Nasional component party, despite his six-day remand at the hands of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said he was duty-bound to assist the MACC in their on-going probe in alleged hanky panky in rural development projects, and claimed that the investigators were professional in carrying out their duties.

“They even allowed me to go to the hospital twice (while under remand) for me to get the necessary treatment for an ailment,” Yusof said while speaking to reporters at a private medical centre here on Wednesday.

Released two days ago, he is now hospitalised because of haemorrhoids, and says he may undergo surgery soon.

Yusof, who is also Silam Umno division chief said he wanted to clarify matters linking him with the opposition, adding the thought of crossing over to the ‘other side’ never entered his mind.

“I’ll stay with Umno and BN despite all the challenges as even from the onset (when Parti Warisan Sabah was set up by his elder brother, Shafie) I had pledged my loyalty to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister.

When asked about his relationship with Shafie, Yusof replied: “We’re brothers though we may have a different political stand.”

He also said that as Silam division chief, he was very proud to have made it the largest Umno division in the country, with the most branches and the highest in terms of members, and for three years in a row, since he helmed the division.

Yusof said he would go back to Lahad Datu as soon as his health permits to meet up with all his supporters, saying that branch and wing leaders had already met up with him after his release.

Telling his supporters not to listen to rumours by rivals that he was jumping ship, Yusof said he and his division were looking forward to the general elections which could be held anytime.

He said the division’s election machinery had been set up and in a state of preparedness since a year ago.

Yusof was arrested on October 17 and released two days ago on MACC bail of RM100,000.


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