By Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: Upko Youth’s call for the formation of a Presidential Council of the coalition state government could be an indication that the party is being sidelined in the present administration.
“Perhaps Upko Youth is trying to say that their party has all this time been sidelined in the Warisan-PH controlled state government?
“To the extent they have to come up with the suggestion for an alternative platform through the Presidential Council in order to address political issues in the coalition,” said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice president Datuk Johnny Mositun.
He said this commenting on the statement by Upko Youth deputy chief, Kennedy John Angian who ticked him off yesterday for saying there was no need for the presidential council since matters could be raised during cabinet meeting since all the coalition party leaders are already there.
Mositun said Kennedy has described his Youth Chief Felix Joseph Saang’s call for the setting up of a Presidential Council as timely and apt.
“But it is more like they (Upko) are desperate to get the attention of their coalition partners in the government,” he said.
On another note, Mositun said contrary to Kennedy’s understanding it would be impossible for the cabinet members not to touch on political issues during their meetings.
As for the issue of many PBS also had many of its leaders leaving the party too, Mositun reminded Kennedy that Upko was a splinter party of PBS formed by an ex-PBS leader, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok who “leapt” in 1994.
“What happen to PDS, a Upko was known then, during the 1999 elections? I am sure the Upko Youth deputy head knows what had happened,” said Mositun
He claimed that the term “leap-frog” seemed to be synonymous with Upko because as soon as Tan Sri Musa Aman was sworn in a Chief Minister, they “leap-frogged to join the Warisan-PH alliance.’
“Just a mere reminder to all that Upko has betrayed the Presidential Council that it formed together with PBS and PBRS after the 14th General Election.
“We gave them our sincere friendship and cooperation but it was repaid with betrayal,” said Mositun.
He also advised Kennedy not to be too arrogant but to take some time to think before talking lest he would end up embarrassing himself.-SabahNewsToday