KOTA KINABALU: Former Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua says the authorities can check his bank accounts over allegations that he received huge sums of money to switch sides.
“They can check my bank accounts if they suspect that I had been offered millions in cash.
“But perhaps in all fairness, they should also call for an investigation on those elected representatives who switched sides to help Warisan form the state government in 2018, ” said the former Sabah assistant finance minister in a statement on Monday (Aug 3).
Chua said his decision to switch sides was due to loyalty to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Chua, who was sacked from PKR following his decision to support former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, said it would go against his principle to be part of the Warisan-led state government.
He said that was because Warisan had openly declared its support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said it was even reported that Warisan was ready to amend its constitution to welcome him into the party.
“I've repeatedly said that as a PKR leader in Sabah, it was only right for me to stay loyal to my party president and threw my undivided support for him as the country's next prime minister as promised during the last general election, ” said Chua.
He was one of the elected representatives and nominated assemblyman who decided to switch sides and rally behind Musa in his bid to topple the Warisan-led state government.
The attempt was foiled after Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal sought for the dissolution of the state legislative assembly to pave way for a snap election.
Chua said he had been criticised for switching sides but asked critics to think why he would ever want to jeopardise his position in the government if not for the local politics which he believed was not right.
"As the assistant finance minister then, I can tell all Sabahans that our state government lacks the funds to develop the state, ” Chua claimed.
He said it was critical for the state government to have money especially now when many people are suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic and weak economy.
"So, the state needs funds from the Federal Government or else it would continue to bleed, ” he alleged.
Chua added there were few other reasons that led him to switch sides, one being the treatment of Warisan toward its partners PKR, Upko and DAP.
"Before even there was Warisan, we in PKR and DAP had been fighting against the government of the day at the time, ” he said.
“After Warisan was formed, they came to us asking to be given the majority of the seats to contest in the last general election. And we sacrificed many of our traditional seats to them, ” he said.
Thanking PKR and voters in Inanam for giving him the chance to serve over the past two years, Chua, said he would continue to soldier on.
He said if given another chance, he’d still continue to do his best.