Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin has threatened to name “a person” behind Project IC in Sabah and this seems to have irked the camp of Parti Warisan Sabah led by Mohd Shafie Apdal
KOTA KINABALU: Two former buddies in Umno are now attacking each other as leaders of two Sabah-based opposition parties.
Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin has threatened to name “a person” behind Project IC in Sabah and this seems to have irked the camp of Parti Warisan Sabah led by Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“We have sent a legal letter to Lajim demanding for a clarification within three days,” Warisan’s counsel Norazmi Alimat said.
Lajim, a former Umno supreme council member, declined to comment on the matter, saying that his lawyers would reply to the letter.
Shafie, a former Umno vice-president, has also not issued any public statements over a video clip of Lajim speaking at a ceramah.
In the video that has been shared on social media, Lajim allegedly said: “yang bikin IC ini ialah kepala dia ialah Presiden…. ” (the one who made these ICs is the President of ….) followed by a bleeping sound that censored the name of a political party.
The legal letter demanding that Lajim make a public clarification was handed by Norazmi to Harapan deputy president Maijol Mahap at the lobby of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly building on Tuesday.
It said that Lajim has three days from the date of receipt of the letter to respond in writing, failing which the party will initiate civil proceedings for defamation.
Norazmi said without a public clarification or denial from Lajim in connection with the remarks he made in the video, it could be construed as a direct accusation against their client, Shafie.
Lajim told reporters today that he would speak on the matter after his lawyers have read the letter, The Star reported.
Lajim quit Umno in 2013 and became Sabah PKR chairman on winning the Klias state assembly seat. He quit PKR last year to form his own party.