KOTA KINABALU: An Upko Youth leader has hit back at former youth chief Arthur Sen for his criticism against Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and Upko acting president Wilfred Madius Tangau.
Upko Youth information chief Dennison R Indang, who is running for Sen’s former post, urged the former party leader to stop his attacks.
Indang said Sen had lost the majority support from the youth and would have been defeated had he defended his position.
“Perhaps his resignation was the best solution in preserving the goodwill of everyone.
“As he was my former leader, I do not wish to elaborate more and at the same time I hope that he respects his former comrades who are still fighting to uphold the rights of Sabahans and stop badmouthing his former party.
“If he really cares for the people then he should show what he can do instead of trying to get as much media limelight as he can. I think he should get his emotions in check lest he continues to amuse all of us,” Indang told FMT.
Indang was responding to Sen’s remarks that Shafie had insulted the intelligence of the people when he defended Tangau and said the Upko acting president was not a political frog.
Sen insisted that Shafie only wanted to make Tangau look good.
Tangau led Upko’s exit from Barisan Nasional to join forces with Warisan, DAP and PKR following the May 9 polls.
Sen also said Shafie was encouraging a culture of backstabbing among political allies with his statement on Tangau.
To this, Indang said Sen was the “frog” as he had joined PBS after leaving Upko.
He pointed out that the definition of a political frog was of a politician who hops from one party to another, citing a High Court case involving former Bukit Gelugor MP Lim Boo Chang against ex-Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik in 2014 as an example.
“We believe that he is fully aware of the definition of a political frog. Did he not hop from Upko to PBS? What does he call himself?
“Upko’s struggle has all this while been consistent in that we are concerned with the aspirations of the people,” he said.
Indang also questioned why Sen, who was present during the emergency supreme council meeting to discuss Upko’s exit from BN, did not object to the decision then.