KOTA KINABALU: Although still with Warisan Plus, Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau (pic) says they were not consulted of the former's move to be absent during bloc voting against the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) allocation in Parliament.
Madius said he was informed but not consulted over the Parti Warisan Sabah decision to not support the attempt by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to defeat the allocation at the committee stage.
The Tuaran MP said that as a party president, he needed to consult with his party members on such matters before he could make a stand.
“I am not in a position to abstain, I work as an opposition MP, ” said Madius, who was among the 95 lawmakers who voted against the PMD’s allocation that was approved with 107 supporting it.
However, Madius said that Upko remained part of the Warisan Plus grouping that also comprise Sabah Pakatan parties – DAP, PKR and Amanah.
He said that as an opposition party they would continue to work together at both federal and state levels.
“We will continue to work as the opposition, I am scrutinising the 2021 Budget and I’ve submitted two motions over special allocations for PMs department and the Finance Ministry.
“The budget does not give details for the special allocations and I am seeking clarification on those issues through the motions, ” he said, adding the Warisan move is seen as a deliberate move to display their frustration with Anwar.
Warisan, which has eight MPs, is believed to be demanding for the appointment of a new national opposition leader.
Their move saw the budget allocations for the Prime Minister’s Department and the Finance Ministry pass at the committee stage.
Warisan’s Labuan MP Rozman Isli had told Malaysiakini that he and his colleagues decided to skip the voting sessions to “send a signal” to Pakatan Harapan.
“We are tired of what is going on with the opposition bloc.
“And so, for now, the decision is we don't want to join the bloc vote, ” Rozman was quoted as saying.
It is understood that the party leadership under Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Semporna MP) was getting “fed up” with the infighting among the national opposition leaders that had put the opposition in "embarrassing” positions recently.
They were also unhappy with Anwar’s last-minute orders that saw the Budget 2021 passed at the policy stage on Thursday (Nov 26) when Tun Dr Mahathir’s group tried to push for a bloc voting.
Warisan party leaders said that they remained with the opposition bloc but were seeking firm new leadership and stop the infighting among the opposition members.
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