Kota Kinabalu: While some local component parties have been vocal on the issue of Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan’s position in the State Cabinet, following his party-less status, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is remaining impartial until it has an audience with the Chief Minister.
Upko President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said it had been going on for a while and that he did not have an opportunity to talk to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said as Musa had agreed to discuss the issue with party members at a later date, it would be impolite to speak about it (issue).
Dompok, who is also Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, said this to reporters when asked about the party’s stand after co-chairing the fourth joint committee meeting on bilateral cooperation on commodities between Malaysia and Indonesia, here, Tuesday.
To a question if Upko would consider accepting Tan into the party, he said if Tan applied to join them, the Supreme Council would make a decision.
On Sunday, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Supreme Council had unanimously agreed on a decision to call on Tan to step down from his position in the State Cabinet, in support of an earlier statement by its deputy, Datuk Chin Su Phin.
Following this, Musa had said on Monday that he would make a decision on Tan’s position after considering the views of Barisan Nasional component parties.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the party shared similar sentiments on the matter, adding that it was up to Musa to make the right decision.
In a separate statement, party Information Chief Johnny Mositun said PBS was willing to consider accepting Tan into the party, if he wished to join them.
Early last week, several BN leaders slammed Chin for calling on Tan to surrender his post