Sarawak DAP denies sacking Voon, says he wasn’t picked for election

Sarawak DAP organising secretary Violet Yong says the party did not dismiss Voon Lee Shan. On the left is Sim Kiat Leng, special assistant to state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP today denied that it sacked newly elected Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan on the eve of nomination day for the 2011 state election.

Its organising secretary Violet Yong said Voon was not sacked but was not nominated as a candidate for the election.

She said it was “terrible” of Voon to think that he was dismissed just because he was not picked to contest.

Earlier, Voon alleged in a Facebook post that he was dismissed from the party on the eve of nomination day in 2011.

“I have no ill feelings against anyone of them when they sacked me that way without any warning to me.

“No reason was given except for a short remark to say DAP no longer required my service, that’s all. The bridge was broken! My heart sank!” he said.

Yong, who is the Pending assemblyman, said that according to DAP’s records, Voon was a life member of the party and had been a member since Aug 1, 1999.

She said Voon was appointed chairman of the DAP Batu Lintang branch in 2012, which was also recorded by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

“There was never any official letter issued by DAP to sack him nor did he tender his resignation.

“I hope Voon can be truthful because we have the records. I’m not sure why he did this and why he would come out with such a story.

“We don’t simply dismiss a person from the party. There should be an official letter unless the person decided to go against the party.

“For example, former DAP member for Sarikei branch Wong Ching King, who is now one of the PBK committee members, had contested as an independent candidate and went against the party,” she said.

However, in Voon’s case, Yong said they would issue a show cause letter to him, requesting an explanation for his actions.

“If he fails to explain or if we found that his explanation is unacceptable, then his membership will be terminated,” she said.

On Saturday, Voon was elected as the president of PBK for a three-year term.

The Sarawak-based party, which was approved by RoS in August 2013, is expected to contest in the next state election.

Yong said Voon should have at least resigned from DAP before forming a new party..

“Under our party constitution, a member is not allowed to hold dual membership,” she said.