Departure of Sebatik assemblyman will not weaken Warisan, says Merotai rep

KOTA KINABALU: The departure of Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Gani Amir from Parti Warisan Sabah will not weaken the party, says Merotai assemblyman Sarifuddin Hata.

The Kalabakan chief claimed that Hassan’s actions were more for his own benefit than his constituents.

He claimed that many Sebatik division members had called to get clarification on Hassan’s departure, with many disappointed with his actions as they had worked hard to help him win.

Sebatik is part of the Kalabakan parliamentary constituency. There are 75 Warisan divisions registered in the Sebatik constituency with a total of 3,750 members.

Meanwhile, several Warisan leaders labelled the act of party hopping as selfish and lacking integrity.

Kalakaban MP Mamun Sulaiman said that this continues to happen, adding that those who do so lack integrity.

“I was offered a chance to switch sides but I turned them down,” he said.

Kukusan assemblywoman Rina Jainal said party-hopping was a “test” and not a choice for Opposition leaders like herself.

In 2018, six elected representatives crossed over to Warisan after the 14th General Election.

Out of the six, four were from Umno, namely Datuk Abdul Muis Picho (Sebatik), Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tanjung Batu), Datuk Osman Jamal (Balung) and Jamawi Jaafar (Kemabong).

Aside from the four, two came from the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), and they were Ewon Benedick (Kadamaian) and Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Paginatan).