KOTA KINABALU: Upko, One of Sabah’s oldest parties, launched its rebranding online on Sunday (June 7), stating that it will no longer be a party that only fights for the rights of certain groups of people.
Upko president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said the United Pasok United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation would now be known as United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation.
He said Upko would no longer be a party that confined its membership to people of certain ethnic groups.
“These are some of the main changes that this party will see, as we know that it is everyone’s duty to bring Sabah to greater heights regardless of their race, religion and backgrounds, ” he said.
The party's logo will still be of Mount Kinabalu but with the added colour of red.
Tangau said Upko needed to move forward as a progressive, dynamic and united team.
“This is why we are bidding goodbye to race-based politics, ” he said.
The Tuaran MP said the rebranded Upko would still fight for rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), uplift women, youth, and continue finding ways to boost the economy of Sabahans.
He said it would be part of their commitment to solve illegal immigrant woes in Sabah.
Upko deputy president Datuk Donald Mojuntin said the rebranding of the party would be the way forward for them.
“We have come a long way since this party was formed under the name of Unko (United Kadazan National Organisation) in 1961, and today, we move forward to become a more inclusive and universal party, ” he said.
“Let us achieve success in our future endeavors for the people of Sabah, according to the aspirations of the people, ” he said.
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