A group of newly-elected state assembly members from Gabungan Rakyat Sabah are believed to be at a late-night meeting with Warisan president Shafie Apdal tonight, amid mounting speculation about defections to the former ruling coalition.
“Yes, for sure, they are all gathering at Shafie’s house,” according to a Warisan source, referring to the GRS members as well as Warisan leaders.
The purported meeting comes hours after PBS indirectly accused Warisan of attempting to entice PBS assembly members to defect, after Warisan failed to secure a majority at the state elections.
The PBS statement said offers of money and position had been made.
Earlier in the day, PBS information chief Joniston Bangkuai denied allegations that the party would now join forces with Warisan Plus to form a new state government.
Former prime minister Najib Razak also questioned whether Warisan had resorted to money politics after having campaigned against political corruption. “Is the ship party now playing money politics to create political frogs after losing the state elections?,” he said.
GRS comprising the Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and PBS won a total of 38 seats in the state elections. Warisan Plus won 32, five short of a majority, while three more seats were won by independent candidates.
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.
Tun Juhar asks for time to decide on Sabah Chief Minister – Bung Moktar
The decision on who will be the new Sabah Chief Minister will be made by Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin in the near future.
Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said Tun Juhar had asked for a a bit of time to make the decision.
“He asked for time … (decision) will be in the nearest time,” he told the media briefly after having an audience with Tun Juhar this afternoon.
Apart from him, three other leaders, Sabah Perikatan Nasional (PN) Chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor; Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim; and STAR President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan had also met Tun Juhar.
Meanwhile, Jahid explained that his party was leaving the matter to Tun Juhar to make a decision.
Jahim explained that all the discussion process went smoothly.
“We leave it to the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to decide,” he said.
7 PBS & 3 Independent Cross Over To Support Warisan Shafie Apdal As The Next Chief Minister
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
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.