Upko failed to deliver the last time
Tuesday, 27 January, 2004 (Source:
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)
said its rival claimant for Kadazandusun-Murut votes, Upko,
does not have a monopoly on ethnic support and, therefore,
has no basis to ask for all the predominant Kadazandusun
and Murut (KDM) seats in the imminent State election.
Its Information chief Henrynus Amin said
Upko was given the chance to contest in the KDM majority
areas in the last election but failed to deliver.
“Except for the two seats with the help
of other BN component political parties, Upko failed in
the last election,” he said in a statement.
Upko President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said
on Sunday that it was only fair for his party to be accorded
the seats since it was the only party within the State Barisan
Nasional that truly represented the KDM race.
Upko currently has three Members of Parliament,
namely Dompok (Kinabalu), Wilfred Madius Tangau (Tuaran)
and Philip Lasimbang (Penampang).
It also has three Assemblymen in Datuk Wences
Angang (Kuala Penyu), Datuk Siringan Gubat (Kundasang) and
Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun (Moyog).
Malakun, won his seat on a PBS ticket but
switched to Upko a few months before the former re-joined
Barisan in January, 2002.
Multi-racial PBS has laid claim to the 17
seats it won in the last election and wants 3-5 of the new
seats in the expanded 60-seat Assembly.
Meanwhile, Henrynus said Malakun’s remarks
urging voters not to listen to political leaders who are
not from Penampang was politically immature and smacked
“It is very wrong for him to accuse political
leaders from other districts, particularly Tambunan, of
having pushed Penampang leaders out of their leadership
role,” he said.
He said political leaders, irrespective
of their origins are respected for their leadership qualities
such as consistency, integrity, vision and principles.
“It will be interesting to know whether
Upko will stand by Malakun’s statement.
“Simple logic tells us that (Upko President)
Dompok, who is from Penampang, then has no business to be
Member of Parliament for Kinabalu since voters in Ranau
should not listen to political leaders from other districts,”
Henrynus said Malakun’s statement was creating
unwarranted tension among BN component parties and was not
helpful in light of the coming elections.