Anwar Vows Action Against Sabah Defectors, Backs Shafie as CM

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PKR president Anwar Ibrahim vowed action against any defectors from his party in Sabah once the matter is verified.

Anwar said he is following developments in Sabah and reaffirmed PKR and Pakatan Harapan’s support for the Warisan-led government and Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal.


“If (the defection) is verified tomorrow, we will take action. I will not allow it,” he told reporters in Malacca today, according to a voice recording.

Earlier today, Sungai Sibuga assemblyperson Musa Aman claimed to have sufficient support from Sabah assemblypersons to form a new government.

He said the coalition included elected representatives from Sabah Umno, PPBM, STAR, PBS, PKR, DAP, Warisan and Upko.

He declined to disclose his numbers, but Sinchew Daily reported that 32 assemblypersons, including Musa, were present at his announcement.

To form a simple majority, he would need the support of at least 33 out of 65 assemblypersons in the state, including those nominated by the ruling party.

Among those sighted at Musa’s press conference, however, was PKR’s Inanam assemblyperson Kenny Chua.

Musa said the new state government, if successfully established, would come up with a better policy to free Sabah from the existing economic situation due to the Warisan-led government.

Meanwhile, to a question whether snap elections should be held, Anwar replied that the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed to curb its spread would pose a problem.

Asked whether the developments in Sabah would affect Pakatan Harapan, Anwar replied in the negative.

“Sometimes people hold the misconception that the political games between the elites represent the people’s aspirations. That is not necessarily the case,” he said.