KOTA KINABALU: The recent resignation of UPKO leaders has its Treasurer General Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh worried.
And his worry is not unfounded as he has information more party members are thinking of doing the same.
The UPKO Putatan divisional chief in registering his concern over the matter urges the party’s leadership to get to the bottom of the issue and find out why those who quit the party did so.
The former Putatan Member of Parliament also claims that the recent resignation of UPKO leaders is just the tip of the iceberg, as some grassroots leaders and members are also considering quitting the party.
“Nine branches in my Putatan division have done so… I do not know what is actually going on but the party image brought by the opposition is affecting us, such as the recent protest against UPKO leadership,” he said.
Mojigoh said this when asked to comment on the resignation of UPKO’s Youth Chief Arthur Sen and its Supreme Council member Haji Suip Saniman.
“I really hope that the party’s leadership will call these people (and) those who are planning to exit. Unity is very important (and) we are in the government now (so) we have to find out why they are not happy with the party.
“In fact I have tried to talk to them but they refused to say anything about why they left the party so the party leadership should make an effort to contact them and also those who are not happy with the party’s management especially when we will be having a party election this year,” the former Putatan Member of Parliament stressed.
To Mojigoh, there is an urgent need to find out why party members are leaving one by one, adding, “if they want to join the opposition so be it but I advise them to stay with UPKO.
On the party’s strength, Mojigoh said that overall it is still solid but does not deny that the resignations are akin to ‘minor cracks’ in UPKO’s foundation.
“ I foresee the leadership have to be very careful about what is being said because we are a multi-racial, multi-religious society and religious issues are not applicable in UPKO,” he opined.
Party elections, according to him is likely to be held in October this year and Mojigoh is of the opinion that it is very important in this party election for all issues such as racial, PTI, religious to be avoided for the time being.
He also expressed hope that all the branches will propose an individual who can actually look after the party and its members, not someone who has personal interest like just for the sake of getting a post.
“We need to avoid that and I am offering my service… if they still need me, I am willing to assist party leadership. If not then I remain as a member without any posts in the party,” Mojigoh said.