KOTA KINABALU, June 15 2020: Two United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) assemblymen today announced their resignation from the party.
Datuk Limus Jury (Kuala Penyu) and Datuk James Ratib (Sugut) said they have lost confidence in party leadership.
Limus was the party’s vice-president and Beaufort division chief, while Ratib was an Upko supreme council member.
The duo told the media during their joint press conference here that they are now independent lawmakers and that they support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.
“It is imperative that the state government be aligned with the federal government in order for the state to develop as we (Sabahans) are left behind and cannot develop without allocation and big projects from the federal government,” said Ratib, who was reading their prepared statement.
“I’m confident that in the next few days, there will be more following and quitting the Warisan government and party,” he added.
Upko was a Barisan Nasional (BN) component party from 1994 to 2018 but quit the coalition’s defeat in the 14th General Election in 2018.
Its leadership had then pledged support for the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan alliance to form the state government.
The alliance now has 44 assemblymen in the 65-member state assembly.