Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said Umno is truly an Islamic party although it does not use the 'Islamic label' in championing the cause of Islam and the country.rewind to Tuesday October 28, 2008 MYT 2:53:29 PM
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Sabah Umno out to woo non-Muslim bumiputras
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno is setting up a special taskforce to attract more non-Muslim bumiputras from the state’s ethnic communities such as the Kadazandusuns and Muruts.
Penampang Umno chief Datuk John Ambrose, the party’s first non-Muslim division chairman, said the move was aimed at strengthening Umno in the state.
Opening the Penampang Umno meeting at Kampung Limbanak here on Monday, he said both party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had given the green light for setting up the taskforce.
“Sabah Umno is open to all races as the party fights for the rights of all bumiputras in the state. If Umno in Sabah is just serving one community, what would happen to the others?” he said.
John said Najib was scheduled to launch the taskforce in the remote interior district of Pensiangan soon.
He said Pensiangan was among eight of Sabah Umno’s 25 divisions where there were large numbers of non-Muslim bumiputras. The others were Penampang, Tenom, Papar, Kota Belud, Keningau, Kota Marudu and Kudat.
John said the primary objective of the taskforce would be to create awareness among non-Muslim bumiputras that Umno was open to them and that the party’s struggles was not merely for any particular community.