PETALING JAYA: Sabah DAP risks losing the Kepayan state seat with its incumbent Dr Edwin Bosi threatening to run as an independent if he is dropped in the next general election (GE14), The Star reported.
Bosi said he had sought clarification from state DAP chief Stephen Wong following rumours that the party would not be fielding him as a candidate to defend the seat.
“All Stephen could tell me was that he could not confirm that I would be picked as a DAP candidate.
“In the event the party does not consider me to defend my Kepayan seat in the 14th general election, I will opt to be an independent,” Bosi was quoted as saying by the daily.
Three days ago, Bosi had said he would issue a statement or hold a press conference today to reveal whether he would remain with DAP.
“I will disclose my decision on April 13. If I answer now, I will not have anything to say on Thursday and furthermore the state assembly is still in session,” he had told reporters at the state legislative assembly grounds.
Bosi won the Kepayan seat in the 2013 general election with a 7,000-vote majority in a four-cornered contest. However, there have been rumours that he intends to quit DAP although Bosi himself denied any such speculation.
This followed claims by a local portal that Bosi would leave DAP and join Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), which is led by Tamparuli assemblyman Wilfred Bumburing.
If he leaves, Bosi will not be the first Sabah DAP leader to quit in less than a year.
Likas assemblyman Junz Wong, who was Sabah DAP secretary, resigned from the party on Oct 2 last year and joined Parti Warisan Sabah. Then deputy chairman Joan Goh and vice-chairman George Hiew followed suit.
In 2013, Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Chiu left DAP to join MCA.