Published on: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: Datuk VK Liew clarified that the no-confidence statement against Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman by Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) happened when he was away in China on an official visit in August 2010.
"There was this certain political manoeuvere within LDP to kill two birds with one stone in an attempt to test the allegiance of some of us.
It was at the height of the Mazu controversy where the Chief Minister was sued for power abuse," said Liew.
"Datuk Chin Su Phin and Datuk Teo Chee Kang made that no-confidence statement É we were close to leaving the BN coalition.
But I resisted the move much to the dismay of some.
"I have a bad habit of recording events in my diaries and I guess it will be made known in a book soon," he said.
Liew said at that time when Datuk Peter Pang (who was then a LDP Vice President) left he had requested the Prime Minister to offer the post of senatorship to LDP, which he obliged instantly.
"As Chin was my deputy, naturally I offered him the post despite his educational background although there were protests from some coalition parties," he said.
Chin had recently asked the BN component parties to stop bickering about Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu's application to join MCA because there were many other pressing needs they should think about.
Chin also said that when Pang left LDP to join Gerakan none of the BN component parties made any noise.
Gerakan Vice President Datuk Raymond Tan had responded that Chin's statement was grossly unfair to Pang and Gerakan.
"Which party should Pang join, if not Gerakan? What would Barisan Nasional gain if he (Pang) had left the Barisan Nasional?" Tan asked.
Chin was also criticised by Parti Bersatu Sabah secretary general Datuk Johnny Mositun who said the issue of consensus on membership was a very pertinent issue, which is the very foundation of the coalition.