Two State Assemblymen and a former senator has announced their resignation from DAP with immediate effect tonight.
The trio are Justin Wong (Sri Tanjong State Assemblyman), Calvin Chong (Elopura State Assemblyman) and Adrian Lasimbang (former Senator).
They said that they began their respective political careers by vouching for a better Sabah.
“This is in order to fight for greater autonomy, better infrastructure, greener space and more importantly, a more inclusive society that transcends race and religion.”
“Unfortunately, we could not find this with Sabah DAP,” they said, in a joint statement.
“There is a lack of trust portrayed by our leadership in the state committee, the state chairman (Frankie Poon) in particular.”
Wong claimed the loss of direction, serious internal division and almost defunct level of communication between leaders have caused them to believe that the party is no longer a party that will strive for the people’s good.
“And it is getting corrosive. Therefore, with a heavy heart, we hereby announce that we are leaving DAP with immediate effect.”
When asked if they would be friendly with Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), Justin who was appointed aa a committee member in Sabah DAP’s recent party polls said that they were only becoming independent assemblymen.
“We feel there is an imminent need to choose a more viable platform that would allow us to better serve our beloved state.”
“(But) I don’t want to talk about where we are going (for now) but that we only want to serve the people of Sabah,” he said.
This effectively means that Sabah DAP now only has four assemblymen namely Poon (Tanjong Papat), Phoong Jin Zhe (Luyang), Jannie Lasimbang (Kapayan) and Tan Lee Fatt (Likas).
As for MPs, the party currently has Chan Foong Hin (Kota Kinabalu), Vivian Wong (Sandakan) and Noorita Sual (Tenom).
Calvin had also previously hinted that he could leave Sabah DAP, citing internal issues and the party polls last year, in which he and several other DAP elected representatives were not voted into the state committee, as among his reasons.
A well placed source has also confirmed that a mass exodus will ensue, following dissatisfaction with the party’s national leadership.
“It is unlikely they will join GRS. More likely they will join Warisan,” the source said.