Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sabah DAP Secretary, Dr Edwin Bosi, said the campaign, launched at the coffee shop below Hiew's office in Luyang, aims to collect signatures from more than half of the 20,000 voters in the constituency before submitting it to State Assembly Speaker Datuk Salleh Said Keruak.
"We were hoping that we had chosen the right people to be our candidates and we had no reason to believe that he would do what he has done. Regarding what he said that DAP has no money to develop Luyang, I think he knew very well that this is what was going to happen," said Dr Bosi.
Dr Bosi accused Hiew of trying to damage the party as much as possible because his resignation coincided with the Central Executive Committee (CEC) election, which was held recently.
"In his resignation letter dated Sept 27, he said he apologised for any inconvenience caused. Why would you resign and say things like that? He could've done it (left the party) a long time ago but he didn't. He wanted it to coincide with the CEC.
"The party has nothing against him. We had so much confidence in him.
We even allowed him to stand as a candidate. So what else does he want?
We are sorry to the people of Luyang who voted for him, we feel downhearted and saddened by this," he said.
Dr Bosi also denied that Hiew was kept in the dark regarding the party's agreement to choose Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin as the opposition leader, saying that the decision was made in Hiew's presence, so there was no need for him to say he did not know.
"We have done our best to retain him, our chairman had even called him up and had a discussion with him, asked him to come back but everything failed.
He has already made his decision," he said.
Meanwhile, Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong accused Hiew of lying when the latter said that the party had marginalised him.
"We have never done that. But he has always been a lone ranger and not cooperative when it comes to party matters. For example, when we launched our Sandakan HQ which was also attended by national leaders, at that time, we only had two YBs, him and Jimmy Wong.
"During the launching, he was not there and only appeared later after the launching.
When asked, he said he went to one of the Sandakan roads to point at the damaged road," said Wong.
He added that it was also disheartening that during the State Assembly session on Aug 19, Hiew went against the party and sided with the Chief Minister.
"If you really have issues with party leaders, there's no reason for you to agree with BN.
There's no reason for you to outright praise the Chief Minister during the meeting," he said.
Wong also explained that the party did not want to aggravate the situation after Hiew made a series of allegations against the party and hoped that Hiew would calm down eventually before they could discuss the matter peacefully.
"But he left. After embarrassing all of us, he left. I feel that Sabah has been marginalised.
We talk about Sabah being discriminated by the leaders from West Malaysia, but we failed to look at ourselves.
Our leaders have failed us. They sold us out for personal reason.
"Since we have just celebrated 50 years of independence, we call Sabahans to unite and stop the frog political culture.
How do we stop it? By rejecting frog politicians in the next election. It's not going to work. It happened before and is still happening today," stressed Wong.