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A close aide, who declined to be named, disclosed that Dr Roland Chia had informed him that he was going overseas to seek treatment. — Pic credit Facebook Dr Roland Chia
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KOTA KINABALU, Dec 17, 2014:
There is no official letter from Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah or Inanam state assemblyman Dr Roland Chia on the latter’s sudden announcement to step down as assemblyman.
“I haven’t received any letter yet,” Sabah State Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak confirmed with The Rakyat Post in a text message when asked on the matter today.
The 44-year-old dentist left a huge question mark when he tweeted his decision to step down as Inanam assemblyman, thanking his voters for their support for the last 17 months following his victory in the 13th General Election.
He cited health reasons for his decision.
PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli in a statement disclosed that his counterparts in Sabah had confirmed that Dr Chia was unwell, but the status of his severity was still unknown.
Meanwhile, a close aide, who declined to be named, disclosed that Dr Chia had informed him that he was going overseas to seek treatment.
“He left for ‘treatment’ to an undisclosed country this morning and will be back the latest by Jan 8 or earliest end of December,” said the source, who apparently met up with Dr Chia last night here.
Dr Chia, who is PKR Sabah vice-chairman and Supreme Council member, secured the Inanam seat for PKR after garnering 3,202 majority, with 8,926 votes against Sabah Progressive Party’s Datuk Eric Majimbun who managed 5,003 votes, and Barisan Nasional-Parti Bersatu Sabah Joseph Lantip with 5,724 votes.