KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is very much intact and still headed by Datuk Madius Tangau contrary to speculations that the local-based political party is now disgruntled.
A highly reliable party source said the five newly elected assemblymen are still officially members of Upko Supreme Council by virtue of the absence of resignation letters from them.
“I am not privy to talk to the media but let me assure you that our party (UPKO) is very much intact and operational,” the source stressed.
The source said Tangau did not resign or the party when the supreme council members unanimously decided during an emergency meeting held in Magellan Hotel here last Thursday morning to leave Barisan Nasional.
During the morning emergency meeting, the source confirmed that elected assemblymen Bobbey Suan (Nabawan),Ewon Benedick ( Kadamaian), Datuk Limus Jury (Kuala Penyu), Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Paginatan), and Datuk Masiung Banah (Kuamut) were not present.
However, the source also claimed the elected assemblymen were given notices via phone messages on the emergency meeting and its agenda.
“By noon Thursday, UPKO officials could no longer contact the five assemblymen despite many attempts,” the source added.
Meanwhile, Tangau who also won the Tuaran Parliamentary (P170) seat said that before going to the meeting he had gone to Seri Gaya early on Thursday to talk to the five assemblymen.
He said the party Supreme Council during the meeting made ‘the boldest of decisions to leave Barisan Nasional‘ in line with the pulse of the Momogun communities.
“It was a unanimous decision, one which we cannot but take if we are committed to do what is best for the people,” Tangau said.