KOTA KINABALU: Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir, who left Parti Warisan Sabah to support Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), claims that his pre-signed resignation letter was done under duress, and was thus invalid.
He said he signed it because otherwise, he would not have been selected as a candidate in GE14.
Hassan had posted in his Facebook that he had indeed made the oath, but that it was invalid as he was under duress, according to Bernama.
“If I had not sworn the oath (to resign from office if he left Warisan), I would not be placed as election candidate. I support GRS for the people of Sebatik, ” he wrote.
His defection on Thursday (Feb 25) had later prompted Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to hold a press conference on Monday (March 1), to inform the public of the pre-signed resignation letter which will be handed over to the state speaker soon.
All Warisan MPs and assemblymen were present at the press conference.
Hassan said that he defected from Warisan for the wellbeing of his constituents and that his support is now for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
On Monday, Shafie said they were considering legal action against Hassan following his defection as well.
A video allegedly taken during the oath taking on Sept 10,2020, had since been circulated, showing Hassan swearing that if he was elected as assemblyman, he would remain in Warisan at least until the dissolution of the state assembly.
The video also purportedly showed him saying that he would resign from his office and even pre-signed what seemed to be a resignation letter if he broke his oath.
He said he would not betray Warisan and the voters’ trust upon him and that if he chose to leave the party for whatever reason to support another party or to become an independent, he would let go of his post as assemblyman.