Published on: Thursday, December 05, 2013
Keningau: Sabah Star Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan who contested the recent general election on a Sarawak-based party ticket (Star) does not deny rumours that he may soon become the fourth State Assemblyman to declare himself partyless.
However, unlike the other three - Hiew King Cheu (ex-DAP) and ex PKR duo Jelani Hamdan and Jeremy Malajad - who declared themselves to be pro-BN, Dr Jeffrey said he would side with neither the Government nor opposition.
"I have always been independent. Even before the election. I do not support any particular party but I could work together with other parties especially when it would help the people in solving their economic problems," he said.
Jeffrey said he does not intend to change his political concept anytime soon and refused to elaborate further. According to the rumours, Jeffrey would make an announcement soon.
Although this is the first time he is leaving a party to become an Independent, Dr Jeffrey is well known for switching many parties during his political career.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey said his opposition to the construction of a water plant within Taman Bandukan kept falling on deaf ears even though his call had the support of more than 30 villages.
"The government just ignored the objections. Three assemblymen were adamant that the project must be carried out even though the people have voiced their displeasure.
He also complained about the non-functioning streetlights in village areas and repairs not done to the mini community hall in Apin-Apin, the suspension bridge, bus stop and roads.
Should Dr Jeffrey decide to go partyless, it would mean that the strength of the opposition in the Sabah State Assembly would be reduced to just eight.
The eight comprise Datuk Lajim Ukim, Dr Roland Chia and Christina Liew and Terrance Siambun, (all PKR), Edwin Bosi, Junz Wong and Chan Fong Hin (all DAP). The other is Datuk Wilfred Bumburing (APS).