Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Sabah state government collapse overnight after Sabah BN withdraws support for Hajiji as Sabah CM

NewsSabah state government collapse overnight after Sabah BN withdraws support for Hajiji...

The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)-Barisan Nasional state government collapsed overnight after Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin announced that Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) would withdraw its cooperation with GRS.

BN had 18 assemblymen, and this is set to trigger a race to obtain a simple majority of 40 seats in the 79-member state assembly. If neither party succeed, a snap election may be required.

Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin announced this decision after charing a two-hour meeting at the Sabah UMNO headquarters at 10 pm on Friday (6 January) night.

According to Bernama, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin claimed that GRS chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor had breached their agreement by sacking Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak as Qhazanah Sabah Bhd chairman and the threat of a cabinet reshuffle without consulting his bloc.

“We unanimously withdrew our support for Hajiji and have decided to exit the state government. We lost faith after Hajiji left Bersatu,” Bung Moktar was quoted as saying.

The race for support starts

Before the announcement, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor had the support of 53 assemblymen, comprising 29 assemblymen from GRS, 18 from BN, 3 from Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM), as well as PAS, Parti Bangsa Malaysia, with one assemblyman each and one Independent.

While on the Opposition bench, Parti Warisan has 19 assemblymen while Sabah Pakatan Harapan has seven, comprising four from DAP, two from PKR and one from UPKO.

BN is expected to team up with Warisan and other smaller parties, while GRS could possibly team up with Sabah Pakatan’s seven state reps and other smaller parties and independents.

Hajiji’s position as CM is unconstitutional

Meanwhile, Bung said Hajiji’s position as Chief Minister is already unconstitutional as he did not meet the required legal clout as stated under the state constitution’s Article 6(3) and Article 6(7) as he is partyless after leaving Bersatu.

The state constitution requires the chief minister to be from a party with 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 constitution,” he said.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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