Speaker: Batu Sapi parliamentary seat now vacant

PETALING JAYA: Dewan Rakyat has declared the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat vacant, paving the way for a by-election in Sabah.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (pic) gave notice of the vacancy of the seat held by former Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong following his death on Friday (Oct 2).

Azhar said the vacancy notice was done in line with Article 54 of the Federal Constitution which will now require the Election Commission (EC) to fix a date for the by-election to be held within 60 days after declaring the seat vacant.

Liew was initially admitted to the Jesselton Medical Centre for a slip disc prior to the Sept 12 nomination day for Sabah election, and was transferred to the Gleneagles Hospital for further medical attention.

However, his condition took a turn for the worst when he was diagnosed with a lung infection and eventually succumbed to his illness on Oct 2.

Liew was previously the president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) between 2006-2014 but was ousted in an internal power struggle.

He left the party to join Parti Warisan Sabah in early 2018 and became the party’s successful candidate for Batu Sapi.
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