KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Yong Teck Lee offered a sarcastic “apology” to ex-law minister Liew Vui Keong who had accused him of not knowing parliamentary procedures after erroneously stating that Yong had never been an MP.
Pointing out that he was the MP for Gaya, which is now Sepanggar, from 1999 to 2001, Yong “apologised” to the Batu Sapi MP.
“Liew, the Warisan permanent chairman, has ridiculed me for being ignorant of parliamentary procedures because I have never been an MP before and that I had lost the Batu Sapi by-election.
“Because I did not make an impression on him as an MP, I hereby apologise to Liew.
“At that time, I was a parliamentary colleague of his party president, Shafie Apdal,” he said in a statement here today.
Liew, in another statement today, apologised to Yong for his mistake but said the fact was that Yong was removed as MP by the court following a violation under the Election Offences Act.
Yesterday, Liew had defended Shafie after Yong accused the Sabah chief minister of putting Sabah’s ties with Putrajaya at risk by being involved in a bid to oust Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and replace him with Dr Mahathir Mohamad through a confidence vote.
Liew said Shafie, as an MP, was entitled to table a motion in Parliament and he had not done so as chief minister.
Liew claimed Yong had made the allegation without knowing what an MP was entitled to do.
“Yong has never been an MP. He needs to understand that parliamentary procedures entitle each MP to file his own motion.”
Meanwhile, Yong hit back at Liew’s criticism of his loss in the Batu Sapi by-election in 2010, saying the former federal minister had himself been defeated in his own party election.
“He must be so ‘popular’ that he lost his Batu Sapi division chairmanship to a political secretary to the chief minister in April last year.”
Yong urged Liew to take proper care of the many needs of his constituents first.
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