Delay in implementing decisions will cause dissatisfaction, says Dompok
Posted on August 1, 2012, Wednesday
SERIAN: Whatever has been agreed upon and decided by the Federal Cabinet should be promptly implemented otherwise the integrity of the government will be questioned.
This has to be the rule of thumb as not everyone has the same level of patience, said United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok.
He said this when asked to comment on the resignation of
his deputy president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing and several grassroots leaders from the party at a media conference after
opening the Cocoa Planting Basic Technology Course and Incentive Presentation for New Cocoa and Pepper Plantation Programme here yesterday.
He opined that the members had left because they had lost their patience following the long wait for the implementation of the Cabinet decision on the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah.
“I think the main grievance of our friends (who quit the party) is the question of illegal immigrants. They left because they think it can be done better from outside,” he said.
He pointed out that it was true that Upko had fully exhausted its resources to bring up the issue to the government and to ensure that it was implemented but until today they were still waiting for the government to act although it had been decided by the Cabinet and announced by the Prime Minister sometime in June.
Dompok said although some members had left the party he believed that others would have realised that what they had been doing was correct and that only time would tell whether staying in BN or leaving it was correct.
“Going out from BN is having its own risks of course, I mean if we look at what is happening today. I read in the newspaper today and it said that PAS is already insisting on Islamic state and I don’t see how our friends can support that.
“So what I am saying is that there are things that are inherent at both sides and this is a great challenge to all of us. But I think whatever challenges we have in front of us can be better addressed in BN,” he disclosed.
He said it was most regrettable that they had decided to quit the party though it did not mean the end of the party struggle.
“They feel they can do it better in the opposition but as for me I am prepared to give BN a chance to solve some of the things that we want to. I believe the best avenue to solve whatever issue is still to be within BN,” he added.
He said there had been speculations that some more party members would be leaving which he could not stop since this was a free country and people could join any party they like.