KENINGAU: United Pasok Momogum Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the party is well prepared to face the 14th general election.
“Upko has been preparing since a month after the 13th general election (GE13),” he told reporters when attending the National Upko Hari Raya Open House at the residence of party Supreme Council member Haji Suip Sadiman at Kampung Tanah Merah here yesterday.
He said GE13 was held in May 2013 and in July the same year the party had already begun to prepare for the next general election.
Madius is very confident in this coming election, the people would evaluate this party better than in the previous election and is hopeful that Upko will contribute to the victory of Barisan Nasional (BN).
“This is not just the only area to be contested by Upko but also areas where the party is located, including four divisions in the state of Perak.
“We hope Upko will be able to contribute positively to ensure BN will continue to lead the government after GE 14,” he added.
On the appearance of new parties, Madius said it showed that Malaysia is having good democracy and this proved that parliamentary democratic practices in this country are fertile where it is free to set up political parties, free to offer leadership, free to give and offer a variety of programs and finally up to the people to make their decision.
“If the people evaluate well, they will see that the current government is a government that has united the people of all races.
“The BN is united. I see the opposition is still far from united and I think the people want to be united so we believe BN will get the confidence from the people in the coming election,” he said.
Madius, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said that celebrating the Hari Raya open house organized by Upko in Keningau was an annual event that had been held for several years.
He said that Upko’s objective was to enhance unity among the multi-racial, religious and racial societies.
“We do not take unity lightly even though Sabah is an example for the whole country but we want it to be constantly enhanced and strengthened from time to time,” he said.