KOTA KINABALU: Incumbent Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua claims that he has got the blessing from Perikatan Nasional to go against Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) in a "friendly" fight.
Chua said since PBS has broken its promise to avoid clashes in the state polls, leaders from Perikatan and Sabah STAR have given him the green light to contest in the polls.
“They are not supposed to contest where Sabah STAR is standing. Not only in Inanam, they even challenged its president (Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan) in Tambunan, Moyog, Kepayan, Tanjung Aru, and Paginatan,” he said.
Chua was speaking to reporters before a ceramah in Inanam on Sunday (Sept 13). He was accompanied by individuals clad in a vest with the Perikatan logo on the back and the Sabah STAR logo in the front.
Chua also said he joined the fray as an independent candidate because he is the incumbent assemblymen for Inanam.
“Because I feel I deserve to face the rakyat again, whether they want to vote for me or not,” he added.
Chua also said that he decided to represent Perikatan after he filed his candidacy on Saturday (Sept 12).
Chua said he has done his part as an assemblyman in the last two years and he will let locals in Inanam judge him based on his performance.
Responding to public criticism labelling him as a political frog, Chua said there was a hung assembly in Sabah after GE14 where Upko, which had two assemblymen that time, left Barisan Nasional and joined Parti Warisan Sabah instead.
“The two assemblymen jumped to Warisan and then they formed the government. Who is the frog now?
“If I were to become a frog, then I could have supported (Tan Sri) Musa Aman,” he said.
Speaking at a ceramah later, Chua said he defected out of loyalty to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim because he could not accept Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal being proposed as a potential prime minister candidate.
“I’m loyal to Anwar and he is my president,” he said.
He also criticised the Warisan Plus state government led by Shafie, claiming it failed to make progress in the state administration in the last 22 months.
Chua was among the 16 assemblymen whose defection from the Warisan Plus state government triggered the dissolution of the state assembly last July.
Perikatan, Barisan Nasional and PBS are set to clash in 17 state seats in the coming state polls in multi-corner fights.
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