KUCHING (Aug. 22) Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh is avoiding a debate with Tan Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nasar, Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), on whether a pledge signed by Batu Lintang MP See Chee How is enforceable.
The President of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) declined to comment on Asfia’s announcement today that See does not have to vacate the state seat as promised in the letter, as it was served on Asfia by the PSB three days after See’s resignation.
Instead, when contacted, Wong expressed disappointment at See for his resignation effective August 12, 2022.
“We took him (see) from PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat). We have appointed him a member of our party executive. We supported him financially and in kind. We trusted him. Not for a minute did it cross my mind that he would be leaving PSB,” Wong said when contacted by phone.
He pointed out that when See joined PSB in May 2020 with more than 20 former PKR executives, their spokesman, Baru Bian, the former Sarawak PKR chief, said they share the same mission and vision as PSB.
“It seems we misjudged him (See),” Wong said, adding that PSB never questioned See’s integrity.
After See left the party, it was revealed he had signed a pledge to quit as an MP if he left the PSB after winning the Batu Lintang seat on the party card last year.
However, Asfia said at a news conference today that See does not have to vacate Batu Lintang’s seat as he only received Wong’s letter of commitment on August 15 and not within the timeframe set out in Article 17 of the state constitution in connection with the resignation of MPs from its Political party.
Meanwhile, Wong said his legal team has yet to advise the party on the legal option of suing See for damages for breach of contract.
Bawang Assan MP announced that there was an agreement between See and the PSB that a “fixed sum” would be paid to the party if See resigned from the party.
“We’re leaving that to our legal team to advise us,” he said.