Friday 3 August 2012

Bernard Dompok moves to quash talk of Upko quitting BN

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 2 — United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok has shrugged off rumours that the party is contemplating pulling out of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

He stressed that Upko had no intention to do so, saying “we think that it is the BN that will be able to deliver what we want and a good example is the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah”.

Dompok, who is plantation industries and commodities minister, said this to reporters on arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), here tonight.

Scores of party leaders and supporters swarmed the arrival hall of the KKIA’s Terminal 1 in a show of support to the Upko president.

Asked on his deputy Datuk Wilfred Bumburing’s resignation from the BN, following which the rumours came about, Dompok said: “Well, it is a resignation, talk (about Bumburing’s resignation) have been going on for almost a year and I think people have got quite used to it and when it came, I do not think anybody was surprised”.

On the vacant post in Upko, he said those were consequential matters that the party leaders would have to deal with, saying “it is also not be an election year for the party this year.”

Last Sunday, Bumburing announced his resignation from the party to form the Sabah Reform Front, which he said would be aligned with the opposition. — Bernama

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