Warisan veep wants defecting reps to vacate seats as they pledged

Datuk Jaujan Sambakong. - Filepic/The Star

KOTA KINABALU: The three Parti Warisan assemblymen who quit the party should vacate their seats in keeping with agreements they made before being named as candidates, says a party leader.

Vice-president Datuk Jaujan Sambakong said the party would take legal action against the three.

"They signed pledges (saying that) if they quit the party, they would vacate their seats. They even took oaths of loyalty," he said here on Tuesday (Feb 7).

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The representatives - Mohammad Mohamarin (Banggi), Ben Chong Chen Bin (Tanjung Kapor) and Norazlina Arif (Kunak) - had announced in a video spread on social media the day before that they left the party to become independents friendly to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

Jaujan said Warisan's response would be similar to the legal action taken against its former assemblymen Datuk Hassan A Gani Pg Amir (Sebatik), Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob (Sindumin), Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (Segama) and Rina Jainal (Kukusan), who had defected over the last two years.

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"All their cases are in court. We are waiting for the hearings," he said, adding it was the only action that Warisan could take with the state government yet to table the anti-party hopping law.

He said the assemblymen were "lured" by offers as they had often previously admitted that lucrative deals were being dangled in front of them.

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