Kota Kinabalu: Beaufort MP Datuk Lajim Ukin clarified that his meeting with Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz was in his official capacity as the Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister.
He said he was representing his Ministry to brief Nik Aziz on the privatisation of the solid waste collection system.
The briefing was to get Kelantan to quickly accept the Federal Government's effort to privatise the system.
"But since I am also a politician the meeting had been construed as political in nature É but I don't deny that there was some political discussion after the briefing," he said.
Met upon arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here Tuesday, Lajim said despite all the controversies surrounding him, he would continue to discharge his duties as a Deputy Minister so long as he has not resigned or been sacked.
On the issue of other Umno leaders demanding explanation from him about his position, he said he would explain everything on July 29.
"I have explained to the Prime Minister. I have met him four times since December 20, 2011 and I also met with the Deputy Prime Minister É that is why I am not making any hasty decision.
"But since my report (to the PM) and the like on the call for the improvement of Umno and BN in Sabah has been getting no response or maybe they consider (my report) as inaccurate, then the only way for me is not to be in a group such as this.
"I am physically and mentally prepared. As a politician you have to," he said.
Lajim also concurred with Datuk Wilfred Bumburing's statement that the direction of Sabah should be determined by Sabahans themselves.
"To me I have two choices, firstly whether I continue to be in politics or retire, that's all and secondly I want to see the latest development and the support from the people not only in my constituency but throughout the State," he said.
So, on July 29 he said he would be elaborating on many issues so that the people of Sabah understand "what is our real halatuju and struggle to bring change to Sabah and the people."--Courtesy of The Daily Express