Published on: Thursday, October 17, 2013
The letter from Sabah DAP Secretary Dr Edwin Bosi, who is also Kapayan Assemblyman, was received on behalf of Speaker Datuk Salleh Tun Said by his Deputy, Datuk Johnny Mositun.
Edwin was accompanied by Sabah DAP chief-cum-Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong and Publicity Secretary-cum-Sri Tanjung Assemblyman, Chan Foong Hin on Wednesday.
Sabah DAP contended that the Luyang seat must be vacated to pave way for a by-election as Hiew had signed a pledge before the 13th General Election that he should consider himself as having vacated the seat the moment he resigned from DAP or defected to another political party.
Sabah DAP also pointed out that Hiew also pledged that the seat vacation is deemed to be lawful and irrevocable. All Sabah DAP candidates had jointly signed the pledge as well as an individual letter of the same effect.
"We believe in changing the political culture and have a proper democracy," said Edwin.
Meanwhile, Wong said the Luyang voters wanted a change for the future and not money when they voted for Hiew who represented DAP in the last General Election.
"They (voters) want to have a good future and not immediate benefit like money," he said commenting on Hiew's intention of applying for the RM1 million Assemblyman Fund from the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
"In fact many of the voters felt cheated and betrayed by Hiew's action because they voted for DAP and not any other," he said.
Wong said Hiew should have just stayed on with DAP but now "if he has value and integrity he should vacate the seat as promised."
"We made the pledge twice, including in front of DAP Secretary General, Lim Guan Eng.
What sort of man makes a promise in the name of God but reneges?" he asked.
In this respect, Wong also reminded the BN component parties, especially Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) against accepting Hiew into its fold.
"I respect PBS because the party had suffered from this (frog) culture before and even lost the government because of it.
The PBS government had also passed an Anti Hop Law (which later was declared null and void) to show their strong feeling about the matter.
"But I have heard rumours that he (Hiew) is going to PBS so I hope PBS would make sure they walk the talk. A person who lives in a glass house should not throw stones," said Wong.