Thursday, 17 April 2008

Liew plus 1,000 others quits LDP

Ex-Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Liew Yun Fah today resigned as Vice President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), one of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional's (BN) Sabah-based component members.

Liew, who is also Merotai assemblyman until the March 8, general elections, is also Merotai LDP head. Following his step are some 1,000 party members together with ex-Vice President Datuk Sia Hiong Ley and Balung divisional chief Raymond Sia.

"With our resignation, the Merotai and Balung divisions are dissolved, " Liew said.

He told the Press at his residence in Tawau that they are still strong supporters of BN and are likely to join a Peninsula-based BN member. Liew confirmed that he had met People Progressive Party's deputy president recently.

"It's a waste of time to stay in the LDP," he said.

My Say:

Looking at the Merotai's result, Soon could had won the seat if it was a straight fight. There were two other Independents and one from Pas. Loners Moktar Ahmad and Salman Nurullah polled 289 and 286 votes, respectively while Pas' Ahmad Abdullah garnered 913 votes.

Liew was not field by his party to defend his seat in the general elections and during the campaign period, he was accused of sabotaging the party by supporting an Independent candidate Soon Ten Fook.

"I campaign hard for the LDP candidate Pang Yuk Ming . If I had campaign for the Independent, Soon could had won, defeated the BN-LDP candidate," he said.

For the record Pang obtained 3,723 votes against the 3,418 polled by Soon. Pang won by just 242vote majority.

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