- 13 May 2008:
Andrew Ong wrote on 13 May 2008 in Malaysiakini, headlined "Defection rumours: Jelapang Rep Keeps Them Guessing" , Hee Yit Foong neither confirmed nor denied rumours that she would be defecting to Barisan Nasional.
Hee, who is also deputy speaker of the Perak state assembly, told Malaysiakini that she was aware of the rumours but claimed to be in the dark as to who were behind it and what were their motives. She even said, "I don’t want to be drawn into this discussion, if it is real, the truth will reveal itself in time... Time will tell."
- February 2, 2009:
DAP Perak Deputy Speaker, Hee Yit Foong: Is she an Unreliable Opportunist Who Should NEVER be Trusted by Voters in Her Constituency to Stay in DAP?
In February 2009, Hee "disappeared" for over 12 hours, leaving DAP leaders sweating and desperately trying to locate her, thereby adding to speculation that she too would cross over to Barisan Nasional.Since the time she decided to quit DAP and become a UMNO/BN-friendly Independent, to hide the truth, she had been lying about herself, her intentions and her motives.
Hee explained that she had been in her house in Ipoh for most of yesterday, only leaving the premises from 3 to 6pm.She also said she had switched off her handphone because she was “not feeling well”, which was also the reason why she failed to attend yesterday's meeting called by Mentri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
She reiterated that she has NEVER entertained any intention to defect to BN or to leave the DAP, she expressed doubt over her future. She had said, “I intend to stay, but will they eliminate me? This is not my first day in DAP, and I would be heavy-hearted about leaving the party.”
Now she has concocted another lie to cover an earlier lie on the pepper spray incident in the 7 May Assembly sitting.
On May 8, at a press conference, Jelapang assemblywoman Hee Yit Foong had claimed that she pointed her hotel key-chain and not a pepper spray canister at Yee.
She DENIED using the pepper spray on Yew as alleged by DAP and the media.
A close-up clip taken during the assembly did show Hee pointing what appeared to be a pepper spray canister at Yew, and not a hotel key-chain as she had claimed earlier (SEE PHOTO BELOW)
Hee claimed that someone from the assembly sitting had thrown the canister in her direction and she had just picked it up from the floor and asked Yew whether the item belonged to him. She said that is all she did.
Today, Hee accompanied by her lawyer, made an appearance at a press conference by Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir at the state secretariat in Ipoh this afternoon.
Hee had with her the disputed pepper spray canister which she had earlier claimed was her hotel key-chain. At the same media conference, Zambry defended Hee’s action in conducting a sub-assembly inside the state assembly sitting on May 7.
Usurpation of Powers as Deputy Speaker
On May 8, Hee had also claimed that she had the authority to hold the proceedings in accordance to Article 36A(1) (b) of the state constitution.
However, the entire Article 36A makes no mention of the deputy speaker’s powers. Instead, it provides technical details such as the speaker’s renumeration and how the speaker can be disqualified if found to have commercial interests.
However, Article 36A(3) reads: “During the absence of the speaker from a sitting of the legislative assembly, such members as may be determined by the rules of procedure (standing orders) of the assembly, shall act as speaker.”
The question that begs to be answered is when Sivakumar was sitting in the speaker’s chair during the conduct of the sub-assembly, how did Hee assume the power to conduct the sub- assembly?