A DAP state assemblyman in Sabah has given his party an ultimatum – to either to field him as a candidate in the coming 14th General Election (GE14) or he will quit the party and defend his seat as an independent candidate.
Kapayan rep Edwin Bosi said he heard talks that the DAP would not pick him to defend his seat for GE14 and had confronted state party chief Stephen Wong about the matter.
“All Stephen could tell me was that he could not confirm anything for now so that means there is some basis to these rumours.
“In the event, the party does not consider me to defend my Kapayan seat in GE14, I will contest as an independent candidate,” he told newsmen at the Sabah Assembly today, adding that his supporters had asked him to remain in DAP for now.
Edwin stressed that he could join any Sabah-based party that will defend the rights of all Malaysians with special consideration for the minorities especially indigenous Sabahans.
According to NST, Bosi explained that he had nothing against Sabah DAP, but expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s leadership, which he said had not been showing interest on issues important to the native people, particularly on the Keningau Oath Stone.
Meanwhile, Wong said the party had shortlisted 30 potential candidates for the general election and Bosi was among them.
“Those listed are undergoing training (for the election), and promotional campaign materials have also been distributed among them.
“However, we cannot make any confirmation on the candidacies,” he added.
Wong, who is also Sandakan MP, said Bosi’s claim that Sabah DAP has not shown interest in fighting for indigenous people is just being used as an excuse for Bosi to leave the party.
“If you check my records during the Parliament sitting, I have been fighting a lot on Batu Sumpah.
“Janie Lasimbang is also solid proof that the party cared for the Kadazandusun Murut people,” he said.
Lasimbang, who is a former Bersih Sabah 2.0 chief and former Suhakam commissioner, helms the party’s women wing in the state.
Edwin, who won the Kapayan seat in GE13 with a majority of 7,000 votes in a four-cornered fight, was speculated to leave DAP earlier, which he subsequently denied.
In 2013, Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Chiu quit DAP to join MCA while last year Likas assemblyman Junz Wong left the party to join Parti Warisan Sabah.
In the GE13, DAP had won four state seats and two parliamentary seats in Sabah.