KOTA KINABALU: Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau says the party's decision to stay with the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state coalition government was because it wanted the 2018 people's mandate for change to continue.
"Our decision on May 10,2018 to accept and keep the people's choice for change in the government has remained the same," said Madius, who is state Deputy Chief Minister, after chairing the party's supreme council meeting here on Friday (March 6).
He said the 2018 decision was made by Upko to leave Barisan Nasional because the then-opposition Sabah STAR went against the people's mandate to make a deal with the losing Sabah Barisan after the elections.
He said it was clear that the results of the general elections showed that the combined opposition won 31 of the 60 state seats with Warisan and its partners winning 29 while another opposition Sabah STAR, won two seats.
Barisan only won 29 seats that left the Sabah assembly hung, he said, adding that it was clear that the people had rejected Sabah Barisan and wanted a change in the administration.
However, he accused Sabah STAR of betraying the people's mandate for change when he teamed up with Sabah Barisan comprising Umno (17 seats), PBS (six), Upko (five) and PBRS (one).
"Sabah STAR's action to contests as an opposition and then deal with Barisan left a two seat deficit for Warisan and its partners to form the new state government.
"The Upko supreme council met and decided to go with the people's mandate for change. We decided to work with Warisan and its partners. With our assemblymen, we formed a coalition government in Sabah," he added.
Madius said that the decision remains the party's stand today, even though there was a power shift at Federal level that left Warisan and its partners in the opposition following the fall of Pakatan Harapan.
Madius said they would continue to work with Warisan, PKR and DAP to respect the wishes of the people in GE14.
He also said that Upko agreed with Shafie that the Sabah government would work with the Federal Government under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Meanwhile, Madius said that Registrar of Societies had approved the party's name change to Pertubuhan Kinabalu Progresif Bersatu from its previous name Parti Pasok Momogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Bersatu.
This is the third name change for the party which in its inception in 1994 was registered as Parti Demokratik Sabah (PDS).