KOTA KINABALU: Upko acting president Wilfred Madius Tangau has found support from villagers in his Tuaran parliamentary area amid demands from voters that he should step down as Tuaran MP.
In an event organised by the youth of Kiulu, a state constituency within Tuaran, about 200 residents gathered in Kiulu town today to show their support and solidarity for Tangau as well as the state government led by Parti Warisan Sabah.
George Teo, who organised the gathering, said they decided to hold the event not only to support Tangau, who is also deputy chief minister, but also to support the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan (PH)-Upko government headed by Chief Minister Shafie Apdal.
“The people of Kiulu feel proud and indebted to Tangau because of what he has done so far.
“They also recognise Tangau as their local hero because he was born and raised in Kiulu,” Teo said.
Tangau recently received flak from a group of Tuaran voters who accused him of leading Upko’s exit from the Barisan Nasional to team up with Warisan and PH.
About 150 Tuaran voters called on Tangau to vacate his MP seat, claiming he had violated the people’s trust after the 14th general election (GE14).
Tangau has said that Upko’s decision to team up with Shafie was based on the consensus of its Supreme Council and not his decision alone.
He also defended the decision because the majority of the people had rejected BN after the GE14, and said the people of Sabah would benefit more if the state did not have an opposition government.
He also maintained that Upko must listen and accept the wishes of the rakyat as they wanted a change based of the 60-40 popular votes for PH in the GE14.
Tangau won the Tuaran MP seat by obtaining 22,494 votes, winning by a majority of 7,624 votes.