KOTA KINABALU: United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) is recording several firsts with the 16th Sabah state elections.
Besides its president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau contesting for the first time in a state seat, the local party is also using its own "Mount Kinabalu" logo to contest.
Previously in the 2018 general election, it ran under the Barisan Nasional logo, but left the coalition to throw its support behind Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to form the state government.
This will also be Upko’s first time contesting as a partner under Warisan Plus, which consists of Parti Warisan Sabah, DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara.
Madius will be facing Parti Bersatu Sabah’s Datuk Joniston Bangkuai who is the seat incumbent, as well as Liberal Democratic Party’s Rozylyn @ Rosalyn Gelunu, Parti Cinta Sabah’s Andau Yasun @ Bruno and independents Jolianis Lampog and Dominic Yasun.
“This is my first time contesting an assemblyman post, and I am taking this step to ensure the continuity of efforts planned by the caretaker state government, ” he said.
The caretaker Deputy Chief Minister and Tuaran MP was the first to hand in his nomination papers at Dewan Masyarakat Kiulu at 9.03am on Saturday (Sept 12).
Madius said if the people continued to give the mandate to the caretaker government to administer Sabah in the next five years, various development programmes could be implemented and continued.
“A comprehensive and strategic development will be my focus for Kiulu.
“We want the implementation of the sub-district office in this constituency which has already been approved by the caretaker state government to realise the development plans for Kiulu.
“I will also focus on educational, economic and cultural-related matters in the Kiulu area, ” he added.
Under the Warisan Plus agreement, Upko is contesting 12 out of the 73 state seats in the upcoming state election this Sept 26.