Latest news is Bernard Dimpok & Richard Malanjum met up with PBS 7 winners & hv successfully convinced them to join Warisan. So, wait for good news for swearing in of CM.
One thing is PBS may not happy as PN is expected to give DCM post to Star, Jeffery Kittingan. Star win only 6 seats compare to PBS which win 7seats
The law is very strict with the interpretation of majority seats. A party or a group that does not meet the minimum of 37 seats cannot form the government unless a few guys are willing to top up from the opposite group. Its plain simple to understand.
Warisan with the most seats should be given the first right to form a coalition government with other parties. GRS legally does not exist.
PBS and Star cannot see eye to eye. Warisan can invite PBS to join. 29 + 2 + 1 + 7 = 39. TYT has final say and he will follow the constitution.
Warisan won by far the most seats as a registered party and will be called by TYT to form the Government which will then appoint 6 nominated ADUNs.
Many elected ADUNs will then jump in to further strengthen the government.
GRS (BN + PN + PBS) is not a registered alliance party.
They contested against each other in 17 or more seats and each want to name the CM. As such, the TYT cannot appoint any of them to form the government.
In such circumstances, under the Sabah State Constitution the Governor (Tuan Yang Terutama) is obliged to call the party with the most number of seats to form the Government.
And that party shall be Warisan. So Shafie Apdal should be called to form the Government. This is why Shafie Apdal has not yet conceded defeat.
Warisan Plus already have 32 seats. They only need 5 more seats to form the State government. There are THREE independents
PBS accuses ‘ship party’ of enticing its new assemblymen
Parti Bersatu Sabah has accused “the ship party” of making overtures to entice its newly-elected assemblymen while awaiting the formation of a new state government.
A PBS statement posted on the party’s Facebook page claimed that the party had been targeted for slander, following the uncertainty over the appointment of the new Sabah chief minister.
It said certain people from the “ship party” had begun to contact PBS leaders, with the intention of buying seats. “They are willing to offer money and positions for PBS YB (“Yang Berhormat”, the honorific title of assemblymen).”
Saying that Warisan Plus should realise that PBS was not a newly formed party set up only yesterday, it declared that PBS would adhere to its principles and remain with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah alliance.
Warisan’s party symbol is a ship. FMT is seeking confirmation from PBS about the claim.
Earlier today, PBS information chief Joniston Bangkuai denied allegations that the party would now join forces with Warisan Plus to form a new state government.
At the state elections which ended yesterday, PBS won in 7 seats they contested: Matunggong, Tandek, Tamparuli, Kiulu, Lumadan, Kundasang and Telupid.
GRS consisting of PN, BN and PBS, won 38 of the 73 seats contested. Warisan, PKR and Upko won a total of 32 seats, while three seats were won by independent candidates.
Race for Sabah CM candidate as GRS risks coup with every passing moment
The Sabah election may have concluded but the race to form the state government has only just begun.
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) – comprising Perikatan Nasional (PN), BN, and PBS – won the snap election last night after securing 38 out of the 73 contested constituencies, which is a slim two-seat majority.
Conventionally, the chief ministerial candidate would quickly be sworn in and then convene a special state legislative assembly sitting to appoint up to six nominated state assemblypersons, who can bolster the new government’s majority.
A system unique to Sabah, the nominated representatives enjoy the same rights as an elected state assemblyperson. Their vote also counts in keeping or changing the chief minister.
This was what former chief minister Musa Aman tried to do after the May 9, 2018 general election.
At the time, Musa’s BN was in a stalemate with the Warisan Plus alliance as both coalitions won 29 seats respectively. A total of 60 seats were contested in that election.
The other two seats were won by Star, which Musa quickly cut a deal with the Sabah-based party for their support. He was then sworn in as chief minister on May 10, a day after the election.
However, before Musa could convene a special state assembly sitting to appoint nominated assemblypersons who will be friendly to his government, Warisan president Shafie Apdal engineered a series of defections that cost Musa his majority.
Shafie was then sworn in as the chief minister on May 12, two days after Musa was sworn in.
Four days after that, Shafie appointed two nominated assemblypersons and another two in the following month.
Fast forward to today, GRS, which has a two-seat majority, would also want to move with haste as Shafie could pull off another series of defections as he did in 2018.
Complicated coalition of coalitions
However, unlike in 2018 where Musa was the undisputed chief ministerial candidate for BN, the GRS is a more complicated coalition of coalitions.
Of the 38 seats GRS won, PN has 17 seats, BN took 14 seats, while PBS secured seven.
PN, which won the most seats within GRS, sees itself as the natural coalition to have a say on who should become chief minister.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin previously proposed the newly-minted Sulaman assemblyperson Mohd Hajiji Noor as PN’s chief ministerial candidate.
However, PN’s 17 seats are contributed by two parties – Bersatu with 11 seats and Star with six.
In contrast, Umno is arguing that even though BN won fewer seats than PN as a coalition, Umno as a party won the most seats in GRS.
All of BN’s 14 seats were contributed by Umno. BN allies, PBRS and MCA, failed to win anything.
As individual parties, Bersatu comes in second with 11 seats while PBS is third with seven seats and Star is fourth with six seats.
“The chief minister from GRS must be chosen from Umno,” Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Malaysiakini.
However, the legal procedure has little regard for the intricacies of coalition politics.
Instead, all that matters is who has the support of at least 37 out of the 73 newly elected assemblypersons – the bare minimum for a simple majority.
This means no single party in GRS can get their own candidate sworn in as chief minister behind their allies’ backs as every single party is needed to meet that threshold.
That is unless one of them cuts a deal with the current opposition.
Delay allows time to cut deals
For the Warisan Plus alliance, its undisputed chief ministerial candidate is Shafie Apdal.
However, the coalition comprising Warisan, Pakatan Harapan (DAP, PKR, Amanah) and Upko only won a total of 32 seats, which is five seats shy of a simple majority.
Warisan won 23 seats, DAP took six, PKR secured two, while Upko bagged one.
If any party on the winning side defects to the Warisan Plus alliance, it could cause the GRS to fall as a government even before it is properly formed.
Shafie , speaking to reporters after the election, indicated that he was not going away without a fight.
With 23 seats, Shafie argued that Warisan was the party that won the most seats in the Sabah election although it fell short as a coalition.
Furthermore, he pointed out that since DAP contested under the Warisan banner, this meant the “sailing ship logo” secured a total of 29 seats.
Not showing any hint of conceding defeat, Shafie was pressed if he will try to form the government even though his alliance fell short. His reply was cryptic.
“We will observe how the situation progresses and also the process in terms of the political scene. The fact is Warisan is the biggest party,” he said.