KOTA KINABALU: A former Upko vice-president has accused the local-based party of being disloyal.
Former Upko Youth chief Arthur Sen said its promises were only good as long as it benefitted the party president’s political position.
“Who would trust Upko now with such a mentality? It is obvious they have no sense of friendship or loyalty to a cause despite pledging to it openly.”
Sen, who has since left Upko to join Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), said the party leaders, especially its top leadership, have no sense of friendship or loyalty despite putting such virtues as part of their seven core principles.
The party’s defiance to its own principle of friendship was the main reason for the collapse of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in Sabah, charged the PBS Supreme Council member.
Prior to the general election on May 9, Sen said presidents from three political parties within BN, namely Upko, PBS and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), sat in a presidential council which openly pledged to remain loyal to the Sabah BN cause.
Unfortunately, he said once the election was over, Upko president Madius Tangau walked out on Sabah BN to join with Warisan and Sabah Pakatan Harapan to form the Sabah government.
This singular action, he said, proved that Upko is a party that does not have any sense of loyalty in a presidential council.
“Actually, all members of Upko know that Upko’s seventh ideological principle is the party’s friendship and loyalty within BN.
“But now, that principle has been modified to match Upko’s frog-like nature (of jumping parties).”
Commenting on the status of Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), Sen said the coalition has already started although one of its components, Sabah Umno, is no longer with them.
Nevertheless, Sen said the parties within GBS are in a much better position compared with Upko.
“They do not belong to any political alliance and two of its assemblymen have already left the party. Not only that, before the Upko party election, they have lost many of their leaders, including the treasurer and their youth chief.
“Even their supporters are now confused about the party’s direction and many have lost their confidence and eventually left,” he said.
For this reason, Sen said he believed the proposal to set up the presidential council was done in the hope that it could save Upko because it was clear the party cannot survive without the help of other political parties.
“It is up to Warisan and Pakatan Harapan to now believe this party or not,” he said.