Padungan DAP assemblyman quits party, cites disillusionment

KUCHING: DAP’s Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei has quit the party with immediate effect, citing disillusionment with the party’s direction and management.

He also said he would not defend his seat in the coming state election and would serve as an independent assemblyman until the dissolution of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.

“I am grateful for the platform and opportunity that the party has given me, and I will remember this kindness for as long as I can.

“It is just that I think I no longer belong to DAP. I regret that I have to leave the Rocket, a home that I was a part of for 15 good years,” he said in a statement announcing his resignation on Sunday night (July 26).

When contacted, Wong said he had emailed his resignation to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“With that, I am now partyless, and will remain as an independent assemblyman until the end of my tenure as an elected representative,” he said.

In his statement, Wong said DAP had “totally deviated” from its aims, objectives and struggle of its earlier days when he joined in 2006.

He said the party lost its opportunity to realise its dreams into action while in government at Federal level.

“During the 22-month rule under Pakatan Harapan, what we said in front of the people and what we promised seemed to have gone down the drain.

“If we were to bring up our ideas and dreams as well as promises, the credibility of DAP would be in question.

“If we were to get back to where we started, with integrity and sincerity, it seems to me that DAP has a lot to explain to our voters,” he said.

“I am growing sick and tired of such political means to seek survival,” Wong said.

The two-term assemblyman added that he had no plans to join other political parties, and would not contest in any elections in the near future.

He said he wanted to focus on his legal practice and give more time to his family, but would contribute to society through non-political platforms should the need arise.

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