Warisan has sacked its Keningau division chief Jake Nointin who registered to contest as an independent in the interior Liawan seat.
The party’s secretary-general Loretto Padua said any member found contesting under another ticket or as independents will have their memberships automatically cancelled as it breached the party’s rule.
“I was told that on nomination day (yesterday), Nointin will contest in Liawan against the Warisan candidate as an independent,” he said, in a statement today.
Padua said the act was in violation of Item 7(3), 3.4 which stipulates that a person’s membership is rescinded with immediate effect when they contest in an election against a Warisan candidate without the party’s approval.
“Hence, Item 7 of the Warisan constitution clearly states that his membership in the party is cancelled immediately. He is no longer a Warisan member after his nomination was validated.”
Nointin is one of seven candidates contesting in Liawan against Warisan’s official candidate, Rasinin Koutis, as well as the candidates from PN, PBS, Usno, LDP and PCS.
Nointin was the Warisan candidate who contested and lost the Keningau MP seat to STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan in the last general election.
Basal Bullah has been appointed as the acting-Keningau Warisan chief in the meantime.