Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said his position in the Sabah Cabinet is the prerogative of the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
He said this had long been made clear by the Chief Minister that for now `I remain as Minister' eventhough Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) was long longer in the Barisan Nasional's (BN) fold. SAPP of which Tan was one of its Deputy President pulled out of BN on Sept 17.
Tan, who is also Infrastructure Development Minister, was responding MCA Vice President Datuk Donald Lim who yesterday called on him (Tan) to resign from the Sabah Cabinet saying the his continuity in BN was not in the spirit of the national coalition.
Lim, who was in Kota Kinabalu, also said that Tan's place as Deputy Chief Minister should be given the Sabah only MCA Assemblyman Datuk Edward Khoo. Khoo is now Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister.
Lim had also said that having been in Sabah for 17 years, MCA should be given at least 10 seats to contest in the next general elections. He further said that MCA and Umno were the two biggest party in Malaysia and should be given the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister post now held by Tan.
Speaking to the Press today, Tan said the Chief Minister had told him to continue working but should he is to be asked to resign `I will willingly do so.'
Tan said that Lim might had made the call in his personal capacity and that of MCA.
Meanwhile, responding to a SAPP's statement then he was still a SAPP member, Tan said he had his letter of resignation as a member of SAPP ready. He said anytime he could submit the letter.