Sebatik rep hands over SD to Assembly Speaker

KOTA KINABALU: Sebatik lawmaker Hassan Amir Gani 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 Yahysa, when contacted, confirmed that the Sebatik assemblyman had met him at 11.45am yesterday to hand over the statutory declaration.

Hassan also informed him that he intended to continue as Sebatik assemblyman.

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 over the letter to my secretary and did not see me, ” he said, adding that he was in the office.

Kadzim will meet state Attorney General Datuk Nor Asiah Mohd Yusof today to discuss 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 was among those angry at the matter.

“That was why he and everyone else wanted to prove their loyalty when the oath and letter signing was carried out last year, ” said Padua.

The Warisan side will wait for further instructions from the Speaker on this matter, and they want to prove that Warisan is against party hoppers.

Hassan announced his defection from Warisan on Feb 25 and following this, party president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal had on March 1 said they were thinking of taking 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.

Shafie said lawyers and witnesses were present when the letter was pre-signed and when Hassan took the oath in September.

Hassan had then on the same day posted on his Facebook account 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.

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