Sabah's GRS-led govt collapses after BN withdraws support

Sabah's GRS-led govt collapses after BN withdraws support

KOTA KINABALU: The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)-Barisan Nasional government offers collapsed.

Barisan, with 17 assemblymen, has pulled out in the 27-month-old coalition local government.

This is started trigger a competition to obtain a simple majority of 40 seats in the 79-member state set up, failing which, simple election may be needed.

Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin announced the Sabah Barisan decision after chairing a 2 hour meeting at the Sabah Umno headquarters here starting at 8pm on Friday (Jan 6) night.

GRS has 29 assemblymen, which includes fifteen direct members who have been formerly with Bersatu, Parti Bersatu Sabah (seven), Sabah SUPERSTAR (six) and one through Sabah Progressive Celebration (SAPP).

Prior to the announcement, the GRS-Barisan state government had a total of 46 chairs.

It is realized that the state government also had the assistance of Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM), which has three seats, as well as PAS, Parti Bangsa Malaysia, with one assemblyman every and one Independent who were to the state government, which means Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor previously had the support of 53 assemblymen.

Within the Opposition bench, Parti Warisan has 19 assemblymen while Sabah Pakatan Harapan has seven, comprising 4 from DAP, two from PKR and another from Upko.

The announcement arrives some 36 hours after Warisan called a press meeting following speculation there was a move to overthrow, dethrone the GRS government under Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

Barisan is likely to team up with Warisan and other smaller celebrations to make a bid to create the next state government.

GRS could also perhaps team up with Sabah Pakatan’s seven state reps and other splinter parties and independents.

“We taking confidence in Hajiji and he has lost his locus standi to remain as Chief Minister after this individual quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to become direct member of GRS, ” he told reporters.

Bung said the understanding was that Barisan would support Hajiji because Chief Minister that in return will find them as ministers and heads associated with state-owned government-linked businesses.

He mentioned the basis of assistance under the loose umbrella of GRS has been done between Sabah Barisan, Perikatan Lokal and Parti Bersatu Sabah in the 2020 state election when they defeated Warisan plus Pakatan Harapan.

Hajiji was picked as the chief ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) as he was Sabah Bersatu chairman under Perikatan, he mentioned.

“When he or she decided to ditch Bersatu (on Dec 8), the whole cooperation ended, ” he additional.

Furthermore, he or she said Hajiji plus GRS had breached the cooperation along with Barisan by sacking Sabah Umno’s Usukan assemblyman Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak as chairman associated with state investment equip Qhazanah Sabah Berhad.

“Due towards the breach towards the political understanding, Sabah Umno has decided that its 18 assemblymen (including Parti Bangsa Malaysia’s Segama assemblyman Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi) will pull back again their support plus declare we have lost confidence in Hajiji as Chief Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich), ” he mentioned.

Referring to Content 6(3) and Post 6(7) of the Sabah constitution, Bung said that Hajiji was misleading the people and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in saying that he was a direct GRS member.

“This is against the state constitution which requires the chief minister to become from a party with all the highest majority in the state assembly.

“We are asking the Sabah Governor to look into his position as chief minister and its legality as per the state metabolic rate, ” he mentioned.

Bung said Hajiji also failed to discuss plans for the Cabinet reshuffle announced earlier Friday because required under the cooperation between GRS and Sabah Barisan.

The decision to pull out there, he added, involved 17 assemblymen plus Mohamaddin.

However , without naming anyone, he admitted that at least five assemblymen have yet to support the move.

“We are still talking to them as this is a decision involving the party instead of the individual, ” this individual said.

Nevertheless , he said the particular party would not be reluctant to take action against anyone that did not toe the particular party line.