KOTA KINABALU: Sebatik lawmaker Hassan Gani Amir (pic) has submitted a statutory declaration "revoking and withdrawing" all pre-signed resignation letters he committed to Parti Warisan Sabah before becoming its candidate for the Sept 26 snap Sabah election.
State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Kadzim Yahya confirmed that the Sebatik assemblyman had met him at 11.45am on Tuesday (March 2) to hand over the statutory declaration.
Hassan also informed him that he intended to continue as Sebatik assemblyman, he added.
Kadzim also confirmed he received Hassan's pre-signed letter of resignation from Warisan secretary-general Datuk Loretto Padua at 12.15pm the same day.
"They handed the letter to my secretary and did not see me," he said, adding that he was in the office.
Kadzim said he will meet state Attorney General Datuk Nor Asiah Mohd Yusof on Wednesday (March 3) to discuss the legal issues before a decision is made on the position of the Sebatik assemblyman.
"All I can tell you for now is that I received the letters from both sides, I will need to discuss with the state AG," he said when contacted.
Earlier, after sending Hassan’s pre-signed resignation letter to the Speaker, Padua said no one forced Hassan to sign the letter and take the loyalty oath.
He said everyone including Hassan knew why the snap election took place last year, and he (Hassan) was among those who were angry about it.
“That was why he (Hassan) and everyone else wanted to prove their loyalty when the oath and letter signing was carried out last year, ” he said.
Padua said the party would await further instructions from the Speaker.
Hassan had announced his defection from Warisan on Feb 25.
Following this, Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said on Monday (March 1) that the party is mulling legal action against Hassan for defecting.
He said this was because Hassan had taken an oath to stay with the party if he was elected as an assemblyman, at least until the state assembly was dissolved, and purportedly agreed to resign from his post if he breached the vow.
Shafie said lawyers and witnesses were present when the letter was pre-signed and when Hassan took the oath in September.
Also on March 1, Hassan posted on Facebook that his pre-signed resignation letter was done under duress, and was therefore invalid.
He said he signed it because otherwise, he would not have been selected as a candidate.