Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Suspended LDP leader won’t make appeal
Vun considers joining other BN component parties


Suspended Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Central Youth Vice Chief and Merotai Youth Chief Vun Nyuk On (picture) said he would not appeal against the decision of the Party’s Central Committee. Perplexed by the suspension, Vun also said that he would not comment on the suspension as the grassroots was aware of the actual situation. “I will not appeal against the decision of the Party’s leadership as I believe they feel that it was in the best interest of the Party,” he told a press conference yesterday. However he was of the opinion that some LDP leaders had initiated the move to have them suspended and provided the Party’s central leadership with a number of reasons why such action should be taken against them. Vun who declared his loyalty to BN, said he had considered joining other BN component parties. Last Saturday, LDP President Datuk VK Liew, after chairing the Party’s Supreme Council meeting in Kota Kinabalu, announced to the media the suspension of five of its leaders. Besides Vim, the central leadership also suspended LDP Vice President Datuk Liew Yun Fah, Merotai Deputy Chairman Francis Chang Yin Kong, Balung Division Chief Raymond Sia and Karamunting Division Treasurer Lawrence Tan Kien Yee for going against the Party and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the recent General Election. Liew said the suspension took immediate affect pending inquiry by the Party’s disciplinary committee headed by Deputy President Datuk Chin Su Phin. “They had acted against the interest of LDP and BN in the election by not supporting BN candidates in their respective constituencies. They did not campaign for BN and we have reasons to believe they have campaigned for independent candidates,” said Liew. He said the Party has sufficient proof against the five and were waiting for recommendation from the disciplinary committee whether to temporarily suspend their membership or permanently remove them from I Party. “If they can give a satisfactory explanation as to their roles in the election, the disciplinary committee may not recommend suspension at all. In the meantime, they are suspended and have been given 10 days to submit a show cause letter to explain their actions,” he said. Meanwhile, Francis said he had received offers of membership from other BN component parties but he would take his time in making his decision on the next course of action. On Sunday, Liew said he would respond later this week to the decision to suspend him. “I have a decision but I will keep it to myself for now. Wait a few more days,” he said.