Sindumin assemblyman Yusof Yacob has quit Warisan and announced his support as an independent for the state government led by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), Bernama reported today.
Yusof, who had been Warisan information chief, said he decided to quit as he wanted to help the people in his constituency and the Sipitang district resolve their problems.
He said he also wanted to bring development to the area.
“My action is a personal decision without any pressure and influence from anyone. I want to focus on working for the people I represent and not just talking around in coffee shops without doing anything for them,” Bernama reported him saying at a press conference in Kota Kinabalu.
Yusof also said he had discussed his intention to quit with Warisan president Shafie Apdal, who offered no objection.
He said he had no issues with Warisan and was ready to face any action.
Yusof won the Sindumin state seat in the 14th general election, in a three-cornered fight with a majority of 760 votes.
He retained the seat at the Sabah election last year, winning a six-cornered fight with a majority of 424 votes.
His exit leaves Warisan with 20 state seats.
Bugaya assemblyman Manis Muka Mohd Darah died in November last year and Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir quit the party in February.
Warisan won 23 seats in the state election last year.