KOTA KINABALU: Upko is staying put with the ruling coalition, said its president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
Dismissing speculation that the non-Muslim bumiputra-based party might leave Barisan Nasional following the exit of its deputy Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, Dompok said Upko strongly believed that Barisan would deliver for the state.
He said despite differences in the methods of getting things done, the party and Barisan shared the same vision for Sabah.
“At the end of the day, we think that it is Barisan that will deliver what we want and a good example is the setting up of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah,” said Dompok at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here on Thursday.
Scores of party leaders and supporters swarmed the arrival hall of the airport terminal to show support for Dompok.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be in Kota Kinabalu on Aug 11 and was expected to announce the composition of the RCI and its terms and conditions.
“I have spoken to him about these issues over the last few months.
“I spoke with him again yesterday and also today. It has been confirmed that he is coming here to deal with all that is required of the RCI,” said Dompok, who is Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.
On whether Upko was affected by Bumburing and the party vice- president Datuk Maijol Mahap's move to quit, he said that the party was prepared to defend their six state and four Parliament seats under the Barisan ticket.
He said that Upko was confident that the people would continue to support the party and that its strength was not compromised by the departure of some leaders.
He added that Bumburing's move to align himself with the Opposition did not come as a surprise.
He said the posts in the party left vacant by Bumburing and other leaders would be filled next year when the party held its elections.
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