KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah’s Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli has brushed aside any notion that he may be going independent.
“I was very clear that I am staying with Warisan when I was asked directly if I was leaving the party,” he said.
Warisan is the government in Sabah and it is important for Labuan to maintain relations with the state government, he added.
“Labuan can be represented by any political party whether with the government or opposition but I feel that the MP should be from a party that is in government in Sabah.”
He said he had explained to an Astro Awani journalist during an interview that he was still with Warisan, hence was surprised they gave the impression that he was ready to be an independent MP.
Rozman was referring to the Awani news report on June 21 titled ‘Tiada Masalah Jadi Wakil Rakyat Bebas’ (No problem being an Independent Elected Representative).
He said in the interview he gave a general view that Labuan could be represented by any elected representative including independents as the government of the day would continue to develop the offshore financial centre.
“I was just giving a broad general view,” he said in a statement Monday.
Rozman said during the interview that he had left Umno to join Warisan after the 2018 general election to pursue the implementation of the Labuan-Menumbok bridge project that was approved to be part of Pan-Borneo.
However, he said the previous Pakatan Harapan government decided to undertake the project under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
“Now I am matured enough to know that Labuan can develop on its own and need not rely solely on the political position of the MP,” he said.