KOTA KINABALU: The departure of Upko Ranau Youth chief Jackson Musi will not affect the party’s struggle particularly in Ranau and Sabah in general.
Upko Ranau Youth deputy chief, Eldy Yakin said that infact contrary to Jackson’s claim Upko was still very much intact and the party is still very much relevant in Ranau.
Eldy also denied that 22 of the 29 committee members of Upko Ranau Youth had ditched the party together with Jackson.
“Actually only eight are following Jackson and some of them did so half-heartedly because they still believe in the struggle of Upko and the leadership of our president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau,” he said.
Eldy said he had attended the division wing’s meeting chaired by Jackson before he made the announcement on Wednesday.
“During the meeting I have clearly expressed my stand and that while I respect his decision but for most of us we will remain loyal to Upko because it is still relevant and the party is still doing all it can to assist the people through the current platform,” he said in a statement here Thursday.
Eldy also questioned Jackson’s statement who said he quit Upko because he has lost confidence with the division and party leadership.
“He said he quit because he no longer believe in Upko, but at the same time he wanted to be state government friendly.
“What is this? Is it not Upko part of the State Government now?,” he asked.
Eldy said that it was up to Jackson to make his own decision but as far as for the other youths in the Ranau, Upko is the way to go.
“For us we are totally comfortable with what Upko and the present leadership, particularly Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau who is the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry is doing.
“Upko has never strayed from its original objective that is first and foremost to assist the community,” he said.
Eldy who is now the acting chief of Upko Ranau Youth wing said Jackson could try and make up excuses for leaving Upko but not even Jackson could deny the party’s immense contributions to the community.
According to Eldy, Upko also has an advantage because it has a lot of young leaders being trained as the next echelon through the Komulakan and Youth movements.
Towards this end, Eldy urged Upko members in Ranau, particularly the youths to come together and remained united.
“The interest of the community and state is much more bigger than any one of us.
“Therefore I call upon all to remain steadfast with the party’s struggle and continue discharging our responsibility through the principled-leadership servanthood,” he said.
“We also pledge our continuous support to the party’s leadership especially Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, Upko National Youth chief Felix Joseph Saang, Upko Ranau chief Datuk Ewon Ebin and Paginatan Assemblyman Datuk Abidin Madingkir,” he said.-SabahNewsToday