Sabah UMNO has fielded 13 new faces and dropped 3 deadwoods from its list of candidates for the general election on 8th March 2008.
The three, Datuk Salleh Keruak, Datuk Amir Kahar Mustapha and Tan Sri Pendikar Amin Mulia are prime movers of USBO (United Sabah Bajau Organisation) .Salleh and Pendikar are both aspirants for the chief minister post. All three have been party hoppers.
Other notable state Umno figures excluded were Parliament Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob (Sipitang), Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Samsu Baharom Abdul Rahman (Silam).
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal, another aspirant for the chief ministership, will be going for a fourth term in the Semporna parliament seat.
Datuk Ghapur Salleh and Datuk Abas Ali, strongly rumored to be dropped, have managed to stay on.
The biggest surprise was the retention of our famous bocor MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin.