Six Warisan reps deny claims they are ready to jump ship

KOTA KINABALU: All six Parti Warisan Sabah assemblymen who are said to be ready to jump ship to support Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) have denied a news portal’s claims.

Bongawan assemblyman Dr Daud Yusof claimed that the portal’s report was “nonsense”.

“There is no such thing. The portal just did it for no reason. I’m not here for the money but for the people, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

He said he would continue to support Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and that he would continue to fight for the rakyat as a Warisan assemblyman.

“I was chosen by the people to represent them and I will not betray their trust in voting for me despite the challenges as part of the Opposition, ” Dr Daud said.

On Friday, four other assemblymen – Assaffal Alian (Tungku), Mohammad Mohamarin (Banggi), Ben Chong (Tg Kapor) and Norazlina Arin (Kunak) – who were also named by the portal, took to Facebook to deny the allegation.

They hit out at the portal which published their names and photographs with the claim that they would quit Warisan.

The portal made the speculation after Warisan’s Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Gani Amir quit to support GRS as an Independent on Thursday.

Norazlina said the information in the portal was wrong.

“I don’t have the time and money to sue you.

“Thank you for choosing a cute photo of me, ” Norazlina said in her post.

Mohammad, in his Facebook post, called the claims “an old script” as he reaffirmed his loyalty to the party and Shafie.

Chong, who took a more serious tone, said the publication of his picture was done in bad faith in a bid to tarnish his image.

“The idea of jumping is not in my political dictionary. I am with the people and Warisan, ” he said, adding that he believed opponents of the party were trying to confuse the public.

Darau assemblyman Azhar Matussin, when contacted, denied the claims and stressed that he was not quitting Warisan.

Warisan’s Datuk Ismaili Bungsu posted on Facebook that all the assemblymen named denied that they were leaving the party when he contacted them.

Gum Gum’s Arunarnsin Taib said the six, in a WhatsApp group of party assemblymen, denied the rumour.

Arunarnsin and five other Warisan Plus leaders in Sandakan held a press conference on Saturday to pledge their support for Shafie.

Those present were Warisan assemblymen Alias Sani (Sekong) and George Hiew (Karamunting) as well as DAP leaders Datuk Frankie Poon, who is also Tg Papat rep, Sandakan MP Vivian Wong and Elopura assemblyman Calvin Chong.

They gave the assurance they were not leaving the coalition and would continue to work hard to serve the constituents as opposition politicians.

Hassan is the first assemblyman to cross over following the Sept 26 snap election that saw the Warisan Plus state government toppled by GRS.

Warisan won 23 seats and its partners DAP six, PKR two and Upko one, while GRS won 38 seats with three Independents giving them 41 seats.

With Hassan joining them, GRS now commands a comfortable 48 seats in the coalition comprising Sabah Barisan Nasional, Perikatan Nasional, Parti Bersatu Sabah and PAS as well as three Independents.

It would take just five more seats for the two-thirds majority needed for the state government to amend laws involving the state Constitution.

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