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Party supreme council meeting strengthens UPKO with bureaus


29th September 2023

By AVV


KOTA KINABALU: As of August 2023, the United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) boasts a membership of 160,041 individuals.


The party's extensive presence is reflected in its 3,560 branches spread across all 25 divisions, including 4 divisions in Perak.


During the party Supreme Council meeting today, it was highlighted that this widespread network of branches underscores UPKO's commitment to effectively serving the diverse communities and constituencies throughout the region.


To further strengthen the party's services and leadership, several bureaus was established.


The Political Bureau, chaired by Datuk Ewon Benedick, will play a crucial role in guiding the party's political strategies and initiatives. Additionally, Datuk Ewon Benedick will also head the UPKO Service Coordination Bureau, ensuring effective coordination of party activities and services.


Furthermore, the Legal and MA63 Bureau, led by Chairman Nelson Wences Angang, will focus on legal matters and issues related to the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. The Citizenship Bureau, headed by Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin, will address citizenship-related concerns and advocate for the rights of citizens.


Other bureaus established include the Election and Political Education Bureau, chaired by Datuk Wong Thien Fook, which will oversee election-related matters and political education initiatives. The Economic and Entrepreneurship Bureau, led by Datuk Gilbert Sham, will focus on promoting economic growth and entrepreneurship within the party's framework. The Information and Research Bureau, chaired by Dr. Peter Naintin Jr., will handle information dissemination and research activities.


The Indigenous and Native Affairs Bureau, under the leadership of Datuk Douglas Primus, will specifically address issues concerning indigenous and native communities. The Education Bureau, headed by Datuk Philip Lasimbang, will focus on educational matters and initiatives. Lastly, the International Relations Bureau, led by Chairman Rowindy Lawrence Odong, will handle UPKO's engagement with international entities and foster international cooperation.


The meeting also confirmed the organisation of the Zone Level UPKO Convention, which will commence on October 15 for the Beaufort, Kimanis, and Papar Divisions.


The establishment of these bureaus and the upcoming convention demonstrates UPKO's commitment to enhancing its organisational structure and ensuring effective representation of its members' interests and concerns.

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