Max wasting his time blaming Tangau: Upko
Published on: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: PBS should accept the fact that Barisan Nasional (BN) could not hold on to power regardless of whether Upko remained or exited the coalition, said Upko Youth Chief, Kennedy John.He said PBS Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili should stop crying over spilled milk.

"Does Maximus thinks BN will remain in power even with Upko staying put. He must be dreaming.

"The chain of events after the GE14 results were announced showed that the State BN could no longer hold on to power as it received less than 40 per cent of the popular votes.

"As it was a hung assembly, there were a lot of uncertainties but the results showed that the people had enough of BN and wanted change. The Upko Supreme Council decided it was best to follow the wishes of the people.

The decision was not made by our President Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau alone.

"Neither did we team up with Parti Warisan Sabah and other PH component parties in exchange for positions in order to satisfy personal gains, as claimed by Maximus.

"As Tangau was elected as a Member of Parliament and not an assemblyman, any discussions with Parti Warisan did not touch on Tangau being given any positions or ministerial post in the new State Government.

"Never did Tangau leave BN for positions. Those in the know are aware that Tangau was acting in the interest of the party, its members and the people. He did not negotiate with Parti Warisan President Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is Chief Minister, to be made a Nominated Assemblyman and Deputy Chief Minister," said Kennedy in a statement, Tuesday.

Maximus had said PBS is in the opposition today because of Tangau's "act of betrayal" in teaming up with Warisan after former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman was already sworn in as next Chief Minister after the election results.

"Maximus should get over it and stop the blame game and mislead the people into thinking that PBS would still be in power if not for Upko. It was game over whichever way Upko decides.

"Had Upko remained with BN, the end result will still be the same today as a number of assemblymen from Umno also quit the party.

"So how can BN, including PBS, holds on to power without the numbers? Maximus should do some soul searching and ponder whether it was really Upko's act that caused PBS to be in the opposition," he said.

Kennedy said the crushing defeat of many veteran BN assemblymen and the collapse of BN in the Federal level showed that the coalition was no longer wanted by the people.

"So Upko Supreme Council is just following the wishes of the people as they were fed up with the GST and scandals, especially 1MDB, during BN rule," he said.

Kennedy hoped Maximus will respect the people's wishes to change.

"Upko is only a political party. The power is with the people. Maximus is wasting his time in blaming Upko and Tangau," he said.

Kennedy also reminded Maximus that PBS "stabbed BN in the back" when it quit the coalition in 1990 on the eve of the general elections.

"Isn't that betrayal? PBS only rejoined in 2002 with Maximus later being made a federal minister," he said.


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