Warisan sues Sebatik rep in bid to vacate seat

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan has filed a suit in the High Court on Wednesday (April 7) against Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Gani Amir, seeking a decision to compel him to vacate the seat as pledged prior to the election.

The writ of summon was delivered to Hassan's residence in Manggatal here by Warisan's lawyers Liaw Kee Siong, just two days after Hassan submitted his membership application to join Sabah Bersatu.

Among other declarations being sought from the courts was a declaration that Hassan breached his oath to remain with Warisan until the end of the term of the current assembly.

In court documents, Warisan claimed that Hassan was picked as a candidate for Warisan, on the condition that he remained loyal to the party.

The party also claimed that Hassan had also made a pledge of loyalty through sworn affidavits to quit as an assemblyman if he defects or leaves the party before the dissolution of the current term of the state assembly.

Hassan left Warisan on Feb 25 to become an independent and subsequently applied to join Sabah Bersatu on Monday (April 5).

Through a statutory declaration, Hassan withdrew his pre-signed letter of resignation and informed the Sabah Speaker that he wanted to remain as Sebatik assemblyman.

Warisan had submitted his pre-signed letter of resignation after he quit the party but the Speaker rejected it, explaining that Hassan had withdrawn it.

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