Osu quits as Papar Umno Chief ----Daily express, Sabah
Kota Kinabalu: Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Osu Sukam has resigned as Umno Papar Divisional Chief with immediate effect, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Osu whose gambling's habit shocked the public when he was sued by Ritz Hotel Casino Ltd, London, to settle RM7.14 million in gambling debts would remain as an Umno member.
Musa, who is Sabah Umno chief, said deputy divisional chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail would be taking over as Acting Umno Papar chief, as is normally the case. Abdul Rahim is Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister.
Asked whether there was need for an investigation, especially in view of the millions of ringgit involved, he said it was up to the authorities concerned as it is no longer under Umno. It was reported that he had gambled to the tune of RM60m at the Ritz between February and September 2002, while incurring a debt of some RM28m, of which he was unable to settle RM7.1m.
"I consider the case closed," he said when met by reporters upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here Tuesday.
Musa said he had at 9.30am met with Prime Minister cum Umno President, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for about 45 minutes to discuss the matter in Putrajaya.
"He (Abdullah) left it to me to make the statement," he said, adding that it was not necessary for him to call for Sabah Umno to hold a meeting to explain the latest development.
After the meeting with the Prime Minister, Musa met Osu, who is also a former Federal Land and Cooperative Development Minister, at the latter's Kuala Lumpur-residence in Damansara at about 11.30am.
He described his 30-minute meeting with Osu as cordial, during which Osu expressed remorse and submitted his resignation letter.
"He told me that he has decided to relinquish his post as the Papar Umno chief and submitted his resignation letter, (I think) which is only fair for him," he said.
"I don't know, its up to him. Everybody knows and as a responsible person he had already made up his mind.
"As I said before he is a veteran in the party and he knows (very well) the party's regulations and constitution that he made the decision," he said.
Musa had on arrival from his week long working visit to Japan said he would be calling on Osu to give his explanation before making a decision and that Sabah Umno stood by Abdullah on the issue.
There were many calls among the Sabah Umno ranks for Osu to step down when his gambling's fling made the headlines.
Osu, who served from 1999 to March 2001, was the fifth among seven State leaders appointed as Chief Minister under the rotation system and the ninth in the State's history.
He was the third leader from Sabah Umno representing the Muslim Bumiputera under the rotation that gave opportunities to the three main ethnic groups in Sabah - the others being Non-Muslim Bumiputera and Chinese - to become CM for a period of two years.
A former Kawang Assemblyman and Papar MP, Osu replaced Tan Sri Bernard Dompok after he led the State Barisan Nasional (BN) to victory in the 1999 general election. After his term ended, he was replaced by Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat who took over on March 27, 2001.
On July 5, the Kota Kinabalu High Court dismissed an application by the casino to have the London High Court judgement registered as a judgement of the High Court here.