BN senators urged to resign

Voon Shiak Ni

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KUCHING, June 24: PKR Women’s vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni urges all Barisan Nasional (BN) senators to resign based on ethical grounds and principles.

Voon said after BN lost in last the 14th General Election, some political parties have opted to leave the BN coalition and dissociated themselves from the BN connection.

In Sarawak, all the component parties of the BN coalition had left BN and BN is non existent in Sarawak now. Yesterday Gerakan also announced they had decided to leave the BN coalition.

“In view of these changes of circumstances in the political scenario, it may only seem to be reasonable and right on ethical grounds and a matter of principle that these parties which had opted to dissociate themselves from the BN coalition should fairly relinquish all rights and privileges given to them by virtue of their BN connection including all political apppointments accorded by virtue of their connection with BN.

“On ethical grounds and principle, the two senators from Gerakan who were appointed under the BN coalition should duely vacate their seat too as the senators concerned are deemed to have left BN together with their party and thus their positions associated with BN.

“One may say they are not obliged to do so under the constitution but on ethical and principle grounds, they should do so to show that you are out and had nothing to do with BN,” said Voon in a statement today.

Last month, it was reported that 54 BN senators will not resign from Dewan Negara although Pakatan Harapan (PH) has formed the Federal Government on reason that it was not a requirement to do so and their term is not affected by the dissolution of parliament .

The 54 senators were appointed at the recommendation of different state assemblies and some were BN political appointments.

As of today, only the Senator from Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) had resigned from the Senate before the last parliamentary election to seek election for a parliamentary seat in Sarawak.

“It is fair and right for BN senators to vacate their seats to facilitate the new government to put in a place a new team in line with the reshuffling exercise of the Parliamentary cabinet to allow the PH government to have a full revamp of the cabinet to carry out the necessary new systems and policies and to carry out the mandate of the people given to PH,” said Voon. — DayakDaily