KOTA KINABALU: UPKO is still solid and steadfast, said its Secretary General Datuk Donald P. Mojuntin.
The resignation of its Youth Chief Arthur Sen and Supreme Council member Haji Suip Saniman are part of politics and will be dealt with in accordance accordingly, he said.
Mojuntin in a statement today explained that the duo’s resignation have yet to be deliberated by the UPKO Supreme Council, as per the Party’s Standard Operating Procedure.
He however disclosed that after a preliminary enquiry each resignation has its own reason that is not inter-related.
“As for now, UPKO Youth wing will be helmed by its Deputy Chief, Kennedy John Angian, as decided in their Youth meeting yesterday. And efforts will be made to communicate with Haji Suip Saniman before our upcoming Supreme Council meeting.
“As for the resignations in UPKO Putatan, UPKO headquarter have yet to receive any official notification. We intend to follow up on the matter. Apart from these, there are no other resignations,” he said.
Mojuntin pointed out that there has in fact been an increase in number of applications for UPKO membership in the last couple of months from members of other political parties which are in the opposition now and from the general public.
“So to say that UPKO cracking is not accurate. The Party is still solid and steadfast. Our branches are actively having their respective Triennial General Meeting to be followed by our divisions and culminating in the UPKO Congress to be held on October 12 and 13.
“To put it simply, UPKO is alive and kicking. The challenges that it is facing now is a normal part of politics. We deal with it and move forward,” he said.
Mojuntin was responding to the worry of fellow UPKO leader Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh about the resignation of party leaders.
The UPKO Putatan divisional chief in registering his concern over the matter urged 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.
“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,” said Mojigoh.