KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has secured enough seats in its bid to take over the government from the Sabah Barisan Nasional-Star alliance that was sworn into office on Thursday.
Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the six assemblymen have agreed, at their own free will, to be part of the alliance which also includes PKR, DAP and Upko, to form the government.
“With this, the Chief Minister (Tan Sri Musa Aman) does not command the majority support and I have written a letter to the TYT (Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin) of this with statutory declarations from all those who declared their support to me to become the new Chief Minister,” he said.
Musa was sworn-in before Juhar after securing a simple majority of 31 seats, of which 29 are from Sabah BN and two from Star or Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku led by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
“All have agreed for me to be sworn in (as Chief Minister) as soon as possible as we don’t want to drag this. There’s no doubt about me being taking my oath of office in accordance with the law,” he said here.
The six assemblymen are Jamawi Jaafar (Kemabong), Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Paginatan), Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tanjung Batu), Datuk Muis Picho (Sebatik), Datuk Osman Jamal (Balung) and Ewon Benedick (Kadamaian).
Jamawi, Hamisa, Muis and Osman were with Umno while Abidin and Ewon are with Upko.
All were present at Shafie’s residence where he held a press conference together with Sabah PKR Chief Christina Liew, Sabah DAP Chief Stephen Wong and Upko acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau among others.
Shafie and the six assemblymen were earlier at the Istana Negeri where they sought an audience with Juhar. They then returned to Shafie’s residence at aman Golfview in Bukit padang where the press conference was held.
Shafie said he was not in position to reveal details of his audience with Juhar, but stressed that as the head-of-state, he would take the next course of action and advise Musa Aman to resign or face the consequences.
“We are requesting everyone, including Musa, to abide by the law. They (six assemblymen) are here voluntarily and in support of me as the incoming Chief Minister,” he said.
On whether there were efforts to pinch assemblymen from the Warisan-DAP-PKR pact, Shafie said he would not respond to speculation, stressing they were still intact.
On word about talks of a pact with Star, Shafie said Jeffrey had earlier contacted him to give assurance that he supported Warisan, but later turned his back to form alliance with Sabah BN.
“I’m not going to entice or invite him to join us. We leave it as it is because it’s time for us to move forward,” he said.
Asked whether he would accept Jeffry again should he decided to join force, Shafie stressed it would not be proper as he was looking for representatives who were capable in administration and those who serve the rakyat.
Reported by Avila Geraldine and Norasikin Daineh