BY THOMAS THAM
KOTA KINABALU: The DAP Sabah, which has been the longest serving opposition party in the State, is said to be facing testing times, as wrd gets around that at least two of its elected Assemblymen would ditch the party soon.
At least one of them is said to be eyeing the new multi-racial Sabah-based party headed by former Umno vice president, Datuk Shafie Apdal, while the otehr hopes to continue his political survival with the Barisan Nasional.
But while word that Kapayan Assemblyman, Edwin Bosi is quitting DAP has been making its rounds for some time now, perhaps the news that its Likas representative, Junz Wong is also thinking twice over his allegiance to the peninsula-based party, could come as a surprise to many.
According to an aide who confided in BorneoToday on Monday, Junz, whose real name is Wong Hon Junz, had passed a remark amongst friends recently – “I love DAP but I love Sabah more”.
Junz, the DAP state secretary is a first-term Assemblyman, having beaten former Chief Minister, Datuk Yong Teck Lee in the Likas constituency, polling 7,746 votes to Yong’s 1,487. The Barisan Nasional candidate, Chin Shu Ying from the LDP polled 2,094 votes.
Junz is believed to be marking time before he teams up with two PKR Assemblymen, to announce they would be joining Shafie and Darell Leiking.
“For now, it would not make much sense if Junz were to announce he is quitting DAP when the “other house” has yet to be officially set up,” the aide added.
Junz could not be reached for comment, though he had posted on social media recently – YB Darell Leiking seems to make a right move which has made “many” panicked …..
Meanwhile, those in the know said Bosi, another first-timer, is now courting PBS, after UPKO apparently turned him down despite the veterinarian having met with the party’s acting president, Datuk Wilfred Tangau.
Bosi, DAP’s only Kadazandusun elected representative was miffed when he was not reincluded in the state DAP line-up after the party’s election earlier in the year. He was a former party state secretary.
However, Bosi had then denied that he wanted to quit from the opposition party.
He came into the limelight after he knocked out then Sabah MCA chief and incumbent, Edward Khoo Keok Hai in Kapayan, polling 13,020 votes to the BN man’s 5,733.
A PBS source has indicated that the party is trying to wrest the ‘mixed’ constituency from MCA as they had ‘given up” Luyang to MCA in the 2013 general election.
She said that PBS had a better chance of regaining Kapayan given that it was a predominant Kadazandusun constituency.
Another DAP Assemblyman, Chan Foong Hin (Sri Tanjong) who was seen on stage with Shafie and Darell in Tawau two days ago, Chan was said to have remarked: “Can’t you see I am wearing a shirt with a DAP-logo.”
Chan said he would work with any opposition party that wanted to oust the BN but that he had no intention of ditching the DAP.