Two Sabah state reps, ex-senator quit DAP

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Two Sabah state reps, ex-senator quit DAP
Two Sabah state reps, ex-senator quit DAP

Two Sabah assemblypersons and a former senator have announced their resignation from DAP last night, citing a loss of confidence in the party's leadership.

In a joint statement, Sri Tanjong assemblyperson Justin Wong, Elopura assemblyperson Calvin Chong and former senator Adrian Lasimbang collectively said there was a lack of trust in leadership, particularly in state chairperson Frankie Poon.

"The loss of direction, serious internal division, and almost defunct level of communication between leaders have caused us to believe that the party is no longer a party that will strive.

"And it is getting corrosive.

"Therefore, with a heavy heart, we hereby announce that we are leaving the DAP with immediate effect," they said.

Sri Tanjong assemblyperson Justin Wong (left) and Elopura assemblyperson Calvin Chong
Sri Tanjong assemblyperson Justin Wong (left) and Elopura assemblyperson Calvin Chong

The trio said that when they began their political careers, they vouched for a better Sabah, one that provides for greater autonomy, better infrastructure, greener space and more importantly a more inclusive society that transcends race and religion.

Their resignation comes after the recent passing of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, which strengthens the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia.

Following this, there are only four DAP assemblypersons left in Sabah DAP: Poon (Tanjong Papat), Phoong Jin Zhe (Luyang), Jannie Lasimbang (Kapayan) and Tan Lee Fatt (Likas).

Politics is like football

Meanwhile, Adrian hinted at the conflict that unfolded within the party in a cryptic social media post.

Adrian Lasimbang
Adrian Lasimbang

"Joining politics is like joining a football team.

"We must have good captain and manager apart from having good players, but when (the) captain start to 'siok sendiri' (be full of themselves) or (if the) team keeps taking (in) lazy players, you end up not enjoying the game.

"Better (to) join other teams or play another game," he said on his Twitter account.

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