Published on: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) lambasted Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan for questioning the party's relevancy.
Secretary General, Datuk Donald Mojuntin, said it was disappointing that "a person of Jeffrey's stature and intelligence is taking pot shots at Upko over a statement made by Putatan Member of Parliament, Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh for the interest of Sabah."
"What Marcus said should be supported by all Sabahans and it is Marcus' responsibility as an elected representative to voice out the people's concerns in Parliament and in public.
"Upko fully supports the Putatan MP who recently stated that Sabah should get more federal funds to improve electricity supply in Sabah while lamenting that electricity tariffs were increased without consulting elected representatives," he said, Wednesday.
"Perhaps Jeffrey wants people to think that he is the only one capable of bringing up issues affecting Sabah effectively.
"We are all Sabahans bah. What's good for Sabah is good for all of us. And what Marcus said is in the best interest of Sabah," he said.
Meanwhile, Upko Komulakan Chief Ewon Benedick called the Star Sabah Chief to check his own record for the last 20 years if there was anything that he had done which Sabahans could be proud of.
Ewon said, in fact, Jeffrey had delivered nothing to the people of Sabah the past 20 years.
"Except that he contributed to the political weakening and disunity especially among the Kadazandusun Murut (KDM).
And perhaps he is a Wakil Rakyat that believes in the philosophy of political frog which benefits nobody but himself," said Ewon.
According to him, Upko had always been on the frontline to safeguard the interests of Sabah and its people, especially Pasokmomogun and it had been proven in many cases when Upko took up sensitive issues to the highest level of decision making in the country.
"Upko has successfully safeguard the three main identities of the Pasokmomogun i.e. language, native law and cultural.
Kadazandusun and Murut language is now a syllabus in national education system.
"We secured commitment by the Federal Government to strengthening and upgrading the Native Court institution, and Tadau Kaamatan is one of the six main celebrations in the country.
"I would like to remind Jeffrey that the successful formation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants, development of oil and gas industry in the State and freedom of religious were much attributed to the determination and daring participation by our President when he was in the federal Cabinet," he said.