KOTA KINABALU: Parti Gagasan Rakyat said Moyog assemblywoman Jenifer Lasimbang should resign if she cannot stand the heat.
Its vice-president Patrick Chong told the media today it was disappointing that Lasimbang had decided to “close her Moyog service centre because she was feeling sick and tired again”.
Chong was referring to Lasimbang’s WhatsApp message which had gone viral where she said she was disappointed because her office staff at the centre did not support her and only two or three had sent her messages of encouragement.
In the same message Lasimbang said she was allowing her staff to go on leave, adding: “My plan to close down the office has nothing to do with my disappointment with my staff for having shown a lack of moral support.”
Earlier this month, Lasimbang contested for the post of Warisan deputy women’s chief in a straight fight with eventual winner Mary Juney George. Lasimbang obtained 112 votes against Mary’s 161.
In March, she had posted a Facebook status where she said she was sick and tired of parents who contacted her asking for jobs on behalf of their unemployed graduate children.
Chong said today the service centre for the Moyog state constituency was an important contact point for the people.
“It should not be opened or closed based on Lasimbang’s mood or preferences. It is her responsibility to serve the people well. By closing down the service centre, her supporters and voters in Moyog may find it difficult to relay their problems and requests to her.
“People already know how busy her schedule is and since she said she was ‘sick and tired’, not many voters now dare to call her directly to speak to her. They prefer to relay their messages to her via the service centre,” he said.
Chong said if the first-term assemblywoman could not cope with the job, especially as she was also an assistant minister, it would be better for her to resign the post.
Besides, he said, there were many others who were capable of serving the people in Moyog such as former Moyog assemblyman and now appointed assemblyman Terrence Siambun or even Lasimbang’s brother Senator Adrian Lasimbang.
“Don’t forget, there is also one elected MP, Darell Leiking in Penampang and a full minister to boot, who can extend a helping hand to manage the Moyog service centre well,” he said.
Yesterday, in an attempt to defend herself over the decision to close the centre, Lasimbang said she had decided to set up a mobile office to better serve the people in her constituency as it was more suitable than a permanent office.
She believed the plan to go mobile would avoid overlapping roles between the DUN (state assembly) office and Community Development Leader Unit (UPPM).
She has six dedicated staff in the DUN office and 10 in the UPPM office.
She said she had never asked them to resign but only to take leave as she was now revamping the office.
She intends to turn the existing DUN office into a creativity and innovation centre for entrepreneurs in her constituency, similar to that of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (Magic).