Upko quits Sabah BN, exodus could follow

Madius Tangau (Facebook pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has quit Barisan Nasional (BN), the party’s acting president Madius Tangau announced today, leaving the coalition with only 24 seats.

The five seats won by Upko will now be merged with the Warisan-led alliance led by Shafie Apdal, giving him 33 seats to form the state government.

Tangau confirmed that his party will form a coalition government with Warisan, alongside PKR and and DAP, the two members of Pakatan Harapan that Warisan is allied with.

“When Upko was formed in 1994, our intention was to fight for the rights of the KDM people and we believe by forming a coalition government with Warisan, we will be able to have a continuity for our struggle,” he said, referring to the Kadazan Dusun Murut community.

He said the decision has been conveyed to the five Upko assemblymen currently with BN chief Musa Aman at the Chief Minister’s official residence in Sri Gaya.

Tangau and his supporters also went to the Sabah state palace to inform the Yang Di-Pertua Juhar Mahiruddin of the decision. All five assemblymen were summoned to be with Tangau at the palace.

Sources said following the latest collaboration, two other KDM-based parties, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) are also expected to quit BN.

It is believed that PBS top leaders are scheduled to meet tonight to discuss the matter.