KUALA LUMPUR – Silam Umno division chief Datuk Yusof Apdal (pix) has reiterated his stance to continue his political career with the party.
The brother of Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who left Umno and formed Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), admitted to have been invited to join the opposition party at the initial stage.
Yusof, who is Lahad Datu assemblyman, said he would remain with Umno due to his strong confidence in party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“We are indeed together (as brothers) in the family but our political struggles are totally different, and he (Shafie) understands my stance just like how I understand his,” Yusof told Bernama at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) where he attended the party annual general meeting.
Yusof stressed that he would remain loyal to Umno and stick to his stance when he first joined the party, namely to fight for the people regardless of their religion, race and political ideology.
“As such, I will not be affected by family ties or political pressure. Whatever challenge that I am going through is just part and parcel in politics. Nobody is spared from being tested,” he said.
Asked on his views on Shafie’s influence and Warisan, Yusof said his brother might have the advantage in his own constituency.
“Maybe he has the advantage in his area (Semporna). However, we have to remember that our (Umno’s) influence is really strong as we have contributed a lot to Sabah and long-established in the state,” he added.