MIRI: It is highly unlikely for Pujut assemblyman Fong Pau Teck to vacate his seat despite being sacked by DAP, thus the likelihood of a by-election is practically zero, says a Miri DAP source.
“Fong has two weeks to appeal the sacking. If he does not appeal, or if he appeals but has his appeal rejected, then Fong will just switch to become an Independent assemblyman.
“It is very unlikely he will vacate his seat. However, there are some leaders in the party who want him to do that.
“If Fong vacates his seat, then there will be a vacancy for the Pujut state constituency and there will therefore have to be a by-election,” said the source here yesterday.
“This is not likely to happen because Fong is very likely going to serve out his full term.
“He still has at least two to three years to go before the next state election and there is no reason why he should step down as assemblyman just because DAP does not want him anymore,” said the source.
Miri DAP leaders are keeping quiet about the latest development because Fong is still Miri DAP secretary.
“Fong still has two weeks to appeal. After that period has lapsed, then we will know what is the next step to take,” said a party veteran.
In Fong’s Pujut constituency, not many people showed real interest in the sacking. Fong’s own supporters also declined to comment.
Several shopkeepers and coffee shop owners said it did not really matter to them whether Fong remained a DAP assemblyman or became an Independent.
“Nothing much has really changed in Pujut despite Fong being our assemblyman.
“He has not made much drastic impact in terms of social or economic contributions to the people in Pujut,” said a coffee shop operator at the Pujut 7 residential estate.
Meanwhile Pujut SUPP chairman Andy Chia said what happened was between Fong and DAP, therefore he would not comment.
SUPP information chief Datuk Sebastian Ting also declined to comment, saying that SUPP would stay out of DAP’s internal business.