Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MCA’s Yip quits Perlis state seat

Titi Tinggi assemblyperson Yip Sun Onn has resigned from the Perlis state assembly with immediate effect, just as MCA is facing a free-for-all party polls this Sunday.

Perlis speaker Yazid Mat has confirmed with Malaysiakini that he had received his letter of resignation last evening.

azlanYazid said Yip stated in the letter that his resignation was with immediate effect.

“He cited the reason for his resignation was due to his unhappiness with certain party leaders,” he said.

It not clear whether Yip has problems with Perak MCA chief Chew Mei Fun, who is also incumbent Wanita chief.

Yazid said will use his powers as Perlis speaker to determine if the seat should be declared vacant.

Since that Yip has resigned as the state representative, it is likely there will be by-election in the coming two months.

Yazid however said that he will advise Yip to reconsider his decision.

Yip cannot be reached for comment.

Sole MCA state exco

azlanYip was replaced by Dr Por Choo Cho as the sole MCA state executive councillor in the Perlis cabinet last week on the recommendation from MCA top leaders.

Por is Perlis MCA secretary and Indera Kayangan assemblyperson.

According to Berita Harian today, Perlis Menteri Besar Dr Md Isa Sabu had been informed of Yip's resignation and he too also asked Yip to reconsider his decision.

Por, when contacted by Malaysiakini, was shocked by the news that Yip had resigned.

But when told that Perlis speaker had received Yip's quit letter, Por said he was currently in Kuala Lumpur.

“I need to get more information before I can response to the resignation,” he said.

'Not linked to state cabinet reshuffle'

Meanwhile, Chew said she was aware of Yip's resignation, but told Malaysiakini that party leaders were seeking to persuade him to stay in office.

“We hope he will cool down. The party and the people still need his service,” she said.

Chew also revealed that she heard of Yip's resignation two days ago but she was unable to contact Yip.

“Although he called back yesterday, but unfortunately I missed his call,” she added.

Chew denied that Yip's resignation was related to the state cabinet reshuffle.

“He doesn't look like a man who is upset by the lost of the exco post. We will try to find out what is ailing him,” she said.

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