Tangau (seated, centre) and Mojuntin with members of the council after the meeting last Friday.
PENAMPANG: The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) is gaining strength on a daily basis, membership wise.
It is getting about 14 new applications per day to join the party in the last three months, said Information Chief Albert Bingkasan, adding UPKO received 1,305 new applications from May to July this year.
“That’s an average of about 435 per month or 14 per day. The UPKO Supreme Council approved the applications during our meeting last Friday. Membership wise, UPKO is getting stronger every day,” he said.
“There are many more applications but as per our standard operating procedures, the respective divisions would have to screen each form before submitting for approval,” he said.
Bingkasan said the party approved 8.120 applications last year and 3,324 so far this year including the ones accepted last week.
“There is no doubt more and more people especially from the Momogun communities are joining UPKO,” he said adding, “the applicants are from all walk of life – opposition political party leaders, professionals and young people.”
During the meeting chaired by party chief Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau it was tabled that UPKO now has 28 divisions with 147,971 members including the four of Orang Asli in Perak.
Tangau, who is Deputy Chief Minister cum Trade and Industry Minister, also announced the appointment of Dennison Indang as Chairman of UPKO Civil Society Engagement Bureau while Jasni Rijan became Co-Chariman of the Religious and Racial Harmony Bureau
Bingkasan, who is also political secretary to Tangau, said among those who attended the meeting were Treasurer General Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh, Vice Presidents Datuk Dr Senator Lucas Umbul and Tan Sri Wences Angang, Wanita Chief Datin Seri Dr Jaina Sintian, and Komulakan chief Ewon Benedick.