KOTA KINABALU: A right-hand man to United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau has quit as the opposition party's information chief.
Albert Bingkasan, 57, only made the announcement public on Friday (April 16) despite submitting his resignation letter in January.
Bingkasan, who had also served under honorary president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s leadership since joining the party in 2001, said he remains a loyal Upko member.
“I intentionally did not announce this three months ago as I do believe in the party's struggles - I am still an Upko member.
“During my 20 years in the political scene, I have undergone several moments of self-reflection.
“The most recent was at the end of last year, when I decided to let go of my post as Upko supreme council member and, at the same time, quit the information chief's post.
“The resignation letter, effective Jan 12, was presented on that same day to the party’s secretary-general Nelson W Angang, with copies sent to the president and deputy president (Senator Datuk Donald Mojuntin), ” he explained on Friday.
Bingkasan said while he had done his best in his duties, his efforts still failed to help the party, which lost 11 of the 12 seats it contested in the September state elections.
“Therefore I am making way for others to help lead the information division of the party.
“I am grateful for the trust and guidance of Tan Sri Bernard and Datuk Seri Madius and the rest of the team.
“There is still a lot to fight for such as full implementation of Sabah’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and solving the illegal immigrant issue, ” said Bingkasan.
As for his next move, he said he wanted to enjoy some rest time after two decades of being active in politics, adding that "his shoulders felt lighter" since January.
Bingkasan’s former positions in the government included press secretary and special tasks officer to Dompok, as well as senior private secretary and political secretary to Madius.