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Hiew (after offering seat to PBRS) to let BN decide

Published on: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Independent Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu is leaving it to the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to decide whether to allow him into the coalition's fold.

"It they don't want me to come in, then I just have to continue serving the people as an independent assemblyman," he said here, Wednesday.

Hiew also hoped the people, especially his constituents, would understand the reason he wanted to join the Government through Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).

"It is not for me but for the people. I really believe that I can serve the people better through the Government instead of the opposition," said Hiew, who was formerly with DAP.

"I cannot stay as a lone ranger forever, I have to bring development to the people. The Government can simply choose not to listen to the opposition and in the opposition you can only bark and sometime barked at the wrong tree," he said.

Hiew said he chose PBRS since he knew its President Tan Sri Joseph Kurup personally as a friend and a colleague when he was the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament for one term. PBRS was also his choice since it is "a small party where party politics is minimal," he said.

"I have made it clear that I don't want any position should I be accepted into PBRS. I just want to join as an ordinary member.

I am done with party politics when I was in DAP," he said, adding his only aim is to serve the people through the Government.

"Through the Government, I can bring more goodies to the people," he said.

It was reported that Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) was objecting to Hiew's entry into PBRS, saying he would have better remained as a BN-friendly independent assemblyman.

His former Likas colleague, Junz Wong, said Hiew should vacate the seat because the people voted him in Luyang as he represented DAP in the last general election.