Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said many were dissatisfied with the appointment of community development leaders, said to be monopolised by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan). (NSTP/AVILA GERALDINE)

PENAMPANG: The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has called for equal power-sharing at the grassroots level.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said many were dissatisfied with the appointment of community development leaders, said to be monopolised by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

“There has been a lot of unhappiness not just from Upko but other friends in the government as well.

“For Upko, what we cannot accept is when grassroots leaders from other parties say Upko is in the opposition and not part of the government,” he told reporters after chairing Upko’s supreme council meeting here on Friday.

“We formed the government together, not joined the government. In spite of the many reminders by the Chief Minister, we should share power and no one should monopolise,” he added.

Madius said they would talk to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is also Warisan president, on the issue so it could be resolved.

On citizenship issues, he said Upko has spent RM500,000 to conduct a comprehensive study on Sabah’s population.

The in-depth study, carried out prior to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah, was aimed at finding out how Malaysian identity cards (IC) were obtained by certain individuals, particularly foreigners.

Madius noted they had recently informed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the party’s comprehensive study and had submitted a simple memorandum.

“Based on our study, we found that 80 per cent received their MyKad by bribing the officers, while 20 per cent did not apply for MyKad.

“They (the 20 per cent) just stayed at home and someone came to the house to ask for documents and returned to give them the MyKad. We’ve conveyed this to the prime minister,” he said.

Madius also said there was an extraordinary growth based on the census done on Sabah’s population since 1960, noting that the data could be manipulated.

“On the citizenship issue, we are very suspicious of the data. We cannot accept it. Therefore, we urge for a withdrawal of MyKad issuance until the integrity of the data and census can be done correctly,” he said.

To a question on whether Upko was included in the special committee to look into the Malaysia Agreement 1963, Madius replied in the negative.

“I was told Upko would be represented and that the prime minister had agreed on this but in the end, we are not included.

“Maybe, I think it’s best for us to stay out so we can focus on giving suggestions instead of us being in the committee but nothing is happening,” he said.

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