Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal today announced the dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly (DUN).
In a special press conference, Mohd Shafie explained that the dissolution of the Sabah DUN has received the approval of the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
He said the state election should be held within 60 days and he would continue to be the caretaker Sabah Chief Minister.
“This morning I met His Excellency (TYT) Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to dissolve the DUN.
“Even though the State Legislative Assembly is dissolved, I am still a ‘care-taker’ within 60 days. Until the Election Commission (EC) announces, let’s vote. The choice must be right whether to choose (Tan Sri) Musa Aman, (Datuk Seri ) Bung Moktar, (Datuk Seri) Hajiji or Shafie Apdal,” he said in a press conference here just now.
Following that, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said action would be taken against any leader from his party in Sabah who tried to defect after the matter was confirmed.
Anwar said he was following the latest political developments in Sabah and stressed the support of PKR and Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the government led by Warisan and its Chief Minister, Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“We are concerned and the stand of PKR and Pakatan Harapan still supports the Warisan government led by Datuk Seri Shafie. We are following developments.”
“If it is valid tomorrow, we will take action. We will not allow it,” he said.
Earlier today, Sungai Sibuga Assemblyman Musa Aman claimed to have received sufficient support from Sabah Assemblymen to form a new state government.
He declined to say how much support he received, but Sinchew Daily reported that 32 Assemblymen, including Musa, were present at the announcement.
To get a simple majority, Musa needs the support of at least 33 of the 65 Assemblymen in the state, including those from government parties.
Among those seen in the Musa press conference was Inanam Assemblyman from PKR, Kenny Chua.
Previously, Shafie confirmed that he will remain as the Chief Minister of Sabah after still getting the majority support from State Assemblymen (ADUN).
“I am still the chief minister (Sabah) and still have a majority (ADUN).
“Tomorrow (today) there will be a press conference and I will comment on this situation,” he said briefly late last night.
Earlier, Musa who is former Sabah chief minister announced that he had a simple majority to form a new state government.
According to him, it happened after getting sufficient support from the state Assemblyman (ADUN) of the state.
Meanwhile, when asked if a snap election should be held, Anwar said the Covid-19 epidemic and the restrictions imposed to curb its spread would cause problems.
Asked if developments in Sabah would affect Pakatan Harapan, Anwar denied it.
“Sometimes people misjudge that the political game of the upper group represents the aspirations of the people. Not necessarily,” he said.
In a related development, a newspaper reported that Heritage deputy president Darell Leiking urged state elections to be held immediately.
“We are shocked by what has happened. We think state elections should be held and we should return them to the people to make decisions, “he said.
30th July 2020 13:00
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