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Number of UPKO seats undetermined as yet



4 April 2024

By Nabalu News Journalist

KOTA KINABALU: The United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) has yet to set any specific target for seats in the upcoming general election, according to its President, Datuk Ewon Benedick.


During a media briefing after an Iftar reception, he emphasized that there is still time before the election, and as such, they have not determined the number of seats they will contest.


Several factors need to be considered, including party preparedness, potential partners, and the acceptance of the people, which is crucial, he said.


Currently, UPKO is in the process of studying various factors to determine where they can strategically place their target seats for the election, according to him.


“However, one thing is certain: UPKO aims to contest in more areas beyond our previous victories. Presently, we only hold one state assembly seat in Kadamaian, and we aspire to win more,” he said.


While the Kadazan Dusun Murut Rungus (KDMR) seats have traditionally been the party's target seat, they also recognise the need to build strength in urban areas such as Penampang. UPKO believes there is potential to negotiate and contest in mixed areas as well.


UPKO prides itself on its commitment to various fields, setting it apart from other parties. They focus not only on their own divisions but also on providing services to uplift the people in education, entrepreneurship, and cooperatives, Ewon who is also the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative said.


Their approach is to address multiple aspects simultaneously. When they visit constituencies, they not only discuss politics but also provide assistance and information on entrepreneurship. This comprehensive approach aligns with UPKO's mission.


“As long as I remain the party President, I will emphasize on the importance of combining political discussions with messages on entrepreneurship, cooperative, and education. Assistance should also be provided during these programmes, ensuring tangible benefits for the people”, he stressed.

Ewon is the State Assemblyman for Kadamaian and Member of Parliament for Penampang.

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