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Upko's Georgina willing to apologise to DCM
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Upko Deputy Secretary-General Georgina George has said she is willing to apologise to Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew whom she had accused of failing to recognise the party's contribution toward the formation of the new State Government.

"I'm sorry if she feels I'm being harsh.

"If she feels that she has been misunderstood or finds my statement too harsh, then I am willing to retract and apologise. We can then put this episode behind and move forward in order for the Government to serve Sabahans better," said Georgina in a statement.

She said she regretted to learn that Liew was offended by her statement on Tuesday when she slammed her for intentionally dismissing Upko at the State Assembly when she did not recognize Upko's contribution towards the formation of the State Government in her motion of vote of confidence.

"This incident is a good learning curve for the four-party coalition which is approaching its 30 days of cooperation.

Equal partnership means no one undermines anyone but recognising each other's contribution and respecting each other," she said.

She added that she had faith and full confidence in Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal's leadership in ensuring every coalition member will respect each other and will perform for the benefit of Sabahans.

In her statement on Tuesday, Georgina expressed disappointment with Liew whom she accused of failing to acknowledge the importance of Upko's support to form the current Sabah Government in her speech during the Special Sitting of the State Assembly.

"She has certainly forgotten that it was Upko who took the hard stance to leave BN and support Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to form the State Government when Star brought two Assemblymen to support BN when Warisan+PH pact both had 29 seats."

"We are not asking you to put Upko on the altar, but the fact that you conveniently belittled UPKO's contribution is regrettable," she reportedly said.

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