Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s information chief Azmin Ali said the coalition’s victory in the Sabah state election proves the confidence of the people of Sabah towards the Perikatan Nasional and the leadership of the prime minister.
“The results of the Sabah 2020 state election (PRN) saw the maturity of the people of Sabah upholding the spirit of federalism for the prosperity of the state and the well-being of the people.
“This decision also proves the people’s confidence in the leadership of YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister as well as consensus and cooperation in the Perikatan Nasional and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.
“The mandate given by the people of Sabah clearly proves that the people choose a state government that is caring, inclusive and guarantees state sovereignty and the security of the people,” he was quoted as saying.
GRS, a coalition of Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and PBS, won the Sabah state election after winning 38 seats from 73 constituencies, a majority of five seats.
However, the candidate for the state chief minister is not yet known.
Sabah PN chairman Hajiji Mohd Noor and Sabah Umno chairman Bung Moktar Radin are among the names mentioned that will fill the post.
“With a full sense of tawadhu ‘, Perikatan Nasional will carry out this mandate with determination and commitment to generate development efforts and enlighten the post-pandemic economy Covid-19.
“In line with the Vision of Common Prosperity, the state and the people of Sabah will enjoy inclusive, fair and quality development,” said Azmin.
He added that this victory will further strengthen cooperation in Perikatan Nasional with the support of the people throughout the country.
Former Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam suggested Salleh Said Keruak as the chief ministerial candidate if Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional failed to reach a consensus on the matter.
In the state election which ended on Saturday, Salleh, who is a former minister, won the Usukan state seat.
Barisan Nasional wants to appoint Sabah Umno chairman Bung Moktar Radin as the new chief minister, while PN nominated Sabah Bersatu chief Mohd Hajiji Noor.
Today, the two met with the Yang di-Pertua Sabah Juhar Mahiruddin and decided for Juhar to make a decision on the matter.
“If His Excellency (Yang di-Pertua Negeri) cannot decide whether Bung or Hajiji as chief minister, Salleh Said Keruak, former Sabah chief minister and mature and experienced Minister of Communications and Multimedia should be considered as the new Sabah chief minister,” he said.
According to Lokman, the Sabah administration needs a leader of caliber and respected by friends and opponents.
“Salleh is the best candidate among the Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional assemblymen who won,” he added.
Salleh was the Sabah chief minister from 1994 to 1996. He was also the minister of communications and multimedia from 2015 to 2018.
During his tenure as minister, he was among those who defended the then prime minister, Najib Razak, who was criticized for the 1MDB scandal that eventually led to Barisan Nasional’s defeat in GE14.
Lokman is also known as a loyal supporter of Najib. Last February, he was ousted from the Umno Supreme Council amid criticism of president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who brought the unity government proposal.
Yesterday, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) – comprising Barisan Nasional, the Perikatan nasional and the Sabah United Party (PBS) – won the state election after winning 38 of the 73 state seats.
GRS also has the support of three independent Assemblymen, making it an advantage of nine seats compared to Warisan Plus led by Mohd Shafie Apdal.
However, until now the coalition has not decided on who will be the new chief minister.
28th September 2020 13:32