Former Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong has denied that he is leaving DAP for a rival party.
Instead, he told reporters that he made his decision after considering his son’s welfare and other family matters.
“It is not that I wanted to jump to another party or being bought over. I have no intention to join any other party,” the single-term lawmaker said, after meeting Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen here today.
“Chong is very much aware of the predicament I am in now,” he said, declining to elaborate.
He said he had discussed the matter with his family members, but not with party leaders, before making a decision to leave DAP.
Yap said he has been inundated with calls since news of his resignation spread, including some asking him to reconsider.
He said he may return to active politics after his son recovers.
Yap failed to retain his Dudong seat in the May 7 state election against the Barisan Nasional’s direct candidate Datuk Tiong Thai King. He submitted his resignation from the party and as Sarawak DAP assistant secretary on September 11.
Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP, expressed hope that Yap would remain in the party.
“Yap has been a loyal and dedicated party member, and had served the party and the people of Dudong well when he was their elected representative,” he said.
Chong said the party state liaison committee will decide whether to accept the resignation letter.