KOTA KINABALU: UPKO’s up-and-coming leader Nelson W. Angang reminded Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili to look at the popularity votes for Sabah’s state and parliamentary constituencies in the 14th General Election, which spelt out that the people want change.
“It was very clear that the people have spoken, that they want change,” said Nelson.
“When leaders are elected, the people also would expect these leaders to make the difficult and the best decision for the people even when such decision may not first be appreciated.
“Principled leaders understand and respect the voices of the majority. Maximus should not pretend to be ignorant of the fact that Barisan Nasional did not win the election.
“It is a fact that the majority votes had rejected BN. It was a hung state assembly. The decision of UPKO is a reflection of putting right what seems to be the betrayal of the voices of the majority, and doing what ought to be done,” Nelson added.
Nelson stressed that UPKO’s decision has made it possible for the people to have the opportunity to start something new.
“If indeed PBS was a principled party, then they ought to have rejected the two STAR assemblymen who decided to go against the wishes of the majority who had voted for them,” he said.
Nelson said it was the defection of three assemblymen from PBS that caused the downfall of the PBS government in 1994.
UPKO, which was then known as PDS, was only formed after the fall of the PBS government.
Nelson reiterated that the outcome of the election showed that Sabahans wanted change.
“This is a consensus decision by the supreme council of UPKO to respect the voices of the people. It was obvious that the Sabahans have spoken, and they want change. UPKO respects the decision of the Sabahans.”
“After we have tabulated the votes for both Dun and Parliamentary seats, it is very clear that the split was 60-40. It was so clear, 60-40!”
“Sabahans have voted for change on both the State and Federal levels,” added Nelson.