KOTA KINABALU: Jun 22, 2008 By MUGUNTAN VANAR
Upko has not decided on which way to go should a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister come up in Parliament, its deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing said.
However, party president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok had earlier said the party had "no plans to play hero" during such a vote.
Bumburing said whatever the decision, Upko would participate in any debate should the vote come up.
"We cannot deny that we share Sabah Progressive Party’s views on issues pertaining to the migrant problem.
"We are firm about this and we are unhappy about so called Cabinet Committee to tackle Sabah’s illegal immigrant woes," he said.
Bumburing said a similar committee set up in 2002 had only one meeting.
"It's almost forgotten and now they are talking of the same thing,” he said, adding that a Royal Commission of Inquiry was a better option as it would be able to act on the problem firmly.
Upko has four MPs – party president and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Bumburing who is Tuaran MP, Datuk Dr Marcus Majigoh (Putatan MP) and Datuk Siringan Gubat (Ranau MP).
Meanwhile, Sepanggar Barisan Nasional membes held a protest over their MP Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun’s support for the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.
A large number of members from various component parties in the division demonstrated at the Sepanggar Umno office here and said the no-confidence motion did not have the endorsement of the parties in the area.
Among the component parties represented were Umno, Parti Bersatu Sabah, Liberal Democratic Party, MCA and Gerakan.
Those present demanded that Eric respect the Barisan leadership under Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Karambunai Umno assemblyman Datuk Jainab Ahmad, whose constituency is within the Sepanggar parliamentary constituency, slammed Eric and SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and accused them of trying to break up the national coalition.
"Taking such a step without consulting us shows that they don’t believe in the Barisan spirit and consensus,” Jainab said, adding that as Umno leaders they strongly condemned SAPP’s move of no confidence.
PBS Sepanggar division head Darwi Abdullah called Yong a traitor to the voters and said he should just leave the coalition.