By Chris Maskilone
MEMBAKUT: Upko questions Umno’s sincerity when its President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi promised to fully implement the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) if Barisan Nasional (BN) is given back the mandate in the next General Election.
“Ahmad Zahid is a friend of mine. But I have to advise him to be careful because this is not something that can be played around,” said Upko President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
According to Madius, one of the issues in the MA63, “which is quite sensitive” was that Sabah has no official religion.
“Is Umno prepared to do this?” he asked.
Speaking at the meet-the-people programme organised by Upko at Kampung Matujung here today, the Deputy Chief Minister said Sabah’s Constitution was amended in 1973 stating Islam as the state’s official religion.
Prior to that, there was no clause stating Sabah’s official religion.
Also at the programme was Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) candidate Datuk Karim Bujang, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, State Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick and Pakatan Harapan (PH) elected representatives.
Since Umno is bent on accusing the current government as PTI-friendly (illegal immigrants), Madius recalled in 2006 when Upko was speaking out protesting the proposal to relocate squatters from Sri Tanjung to Kampung Maang in Penampang.
“Several Umno MPs including the former Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman met and issued a statement demanding Upko to leave BN if they continue to behave like the oppositions,” Madius recalled.
Upko’s protest was based on the Penampang constituents’ fear of hundreds of squatters with questioned nationality being moved to Penampang, at that time represented by Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
Therefore, Madius stated that Upko’s stand on PTI issue was consistent.
“I only have one question for “Bossku” (former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s nick name). What solution has you come up to resolve the Filipino refugees presence in Sabah?”
“At least, the present government is doing something about it,” said Madius.-SabahNewsToday