KUCHING: Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How quit Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) to focus on serving his constituents without being tied down by party politics.
The three-term representative said he intended to work towards getting Sarawakians to work together to improve the state.
"Without the toil of party politics, I will undertake initiatives to bring all Sarawakians together to contribute positively and meaningfully to the greatness of Sarawak.
"In the process, I hope to serve my constituents in Batu Lintang, Sarawak and all Sarawakians even better," he told a press conference at his service centre here on Tuesday (Aug 16).
See's resignation from PSB to become an Independent was announced by Sarawak state assembly Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar on Sunday (Aug 14).
He had joined PSB in May 2020 after being sacked by PKR, along with other former PKR leaders, and defended the Batu Lintang seat on a PSB ticket in last December's state election.
See said he had no plans to form a new political party or join another party in the near future but would maintain his position as an Independent assemblyman.
He also said he had nothing against PSB but felt it was time to contribute in a different way.
"For the moment I will not be involved in party politics. It's not about the party, it's about looking at different ways how we can contribute and move forward," he said.
On the timing of his resignation, See said it had nothing to do with the recently-approved anti-hopping law in Parliament as he had been thinking about quitting the party for several months.
He declined to comment on PSB's demands that he should compensate the party and vacate the Batu Lintang seat, saying only that he was prepared for any legal action by the party.
PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh had said the party would look at all measures it could take against See for quitting the party based on the commitments he gave to PSB before being selected as a candidate in the last state election.
Wong said this included an undertaking to compensate the party and resign as an assemblyman should he quit PSB after winning the seat as its candidate.