KOTA KINABALU: Warisan will invoke a pre-signed resignation letter for Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Amir Gani to vacate the seat after he announced his decision to leave the party on Feb 25 to be an independent.
Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the letter would be submitted to Sabah state assembly Speaker Datuk Kadzim Yahya and Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and the Election Commission (EC).
"He has signed it on his own free will with legal witnesses and taken the pledge in the name of God to remain with party to serve the people till the current assembly term ends," Shafie said as he played a video of Hassan making the pledge on Sept 10 before he was named a candidate for Warisan.
"We will submit the letter in the next few days. We look at other legal actions in time," Shafie said when asked if the party was planning on taking legal action against Hassan.
Hassan, who announced his resignation via national news agency Bernama, has not sent in his resignation letter to the party and remained unreachable to former party members as well as most of the media.
"Each individual must have some dignity and honour, and different when it’s a bloc forming together, that’s understandable.
"Hassan did not even have the courtesy of sending in a resignation letter. I tried even calling him but could not be reached," he added.
Shafie was speaking to reporters after meeting with all 21 Warisan assemblymen and seven MPs who had made it clear that they remain loyal to the party despite offers from the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah on Monday (March 1).
"There are more than 700,000 unemployed and people are suffering. In some places, people are finding basic necessities hard to get. I hope this government focuses on these issues and spends money for the people's basic needs.
"Don't spend money to buy assemblymen," he claimed.
Shafie, whose Warisan Plus government lost to GRS in the snap state elections, said that when Warisan formed the government after GE14, Upko and other assemblymen who joined the party came on their own free will.
"None of them were given any promises or monetary offers. I vouch for that in the name of God," he said, adding that as an opposition now, Warisan elected representatives were still committed to serving the people.
Shafie said that there was plenty of speculation on Warisan assemblymen.
"We are united here under the umbrella of Warisan. I want to reassure the people that under the pandemic, we continue to serve them in whichever small ways as an opposition. We don't sell the mandate of the people," he said.
Shafie said that he will be meeting their fellow opposition leaders from Upko, Sabah DAP and Sabah PKR.