KOTA KINABALU: The former MP for Ranau, Datuk Ewon Ebin has announced leaving United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) today.
In a statement, Ewon who is Ranau UPKO division head and former UPKO vice-president said joining quit decision were several members of the division committee as well as Youth and Wanita wings from various levels of the division.
According to him, the decision to leave UPKO was driven by several factors, among them the direction and struggle of UPKO today which has deviated far from the original objectives when the party was formed.
The struggle to protect and defend the interests, welfare as well as rights of its members, Sabah natives and Malaysians originating from Sabah, he said.
He was among the individuals who established UPKO in March 1994 and became Ranau MP for one term after winning in the 13th general election in 2013.
In the 14th general election in 2018, Ewon who had served as the federal Science, Technology and innovation Minister lost to PKR candidate, Jonathan Yassin.