The Sabah government under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is intact, claims Datuk Christina Liew.
“Shafie is still Chief Minister and he has the numbers to continue ruling,” said the Deputy Chief Minister and Sabah PKR chairman.
She told reporters this following her meeting with Shafie and other coalition partners Sabah DAP and Upko after at least a dozen assemblymen crossed the floor to support former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman who is making a comeback bid.
Shafie told reporters he will talk to the media at his office in the state administrative centre on Thursday (July 30).
At a press conference in Kota Kinabalu yesterday evening, Musa claimed that he has secured statutory declarations (SDs) from enough state assemblypersons supporting him.
He did not state the numbers. When asked how many assemblypersons have sided with him, he said, “We have enough to form a government with a simple majority.”
Sabah has 60 elected state assemblypersons.
An additional five are appointed by the state government with full voting rights.
Musa claimed that Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin and Mohd Nardin Awang, the political secretary to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, had told the Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin this afternoon to inform the latter of the latest developments.
Following this, Musa claimed he has been instructed by the governor to submit the statutory declarations.
It is understood that Shafie too has a set of statutory declarations from assemblypersons pledging allegiance to him.
Before the crossovers, the Warisan-led government – which includes allies Upko, DAP and PKR – collectively held 43 or slightly over two-thirds of the 60 elected seats in the state assembly.
The 32 assemblypersons who attended Musa’s press conference are listed as below along with their constituencies and party affiliation:
- Hajiji Mohd Noor (Sulaman)
- Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar (Kawang)
- Mohd. Arifin Mohd Arif (Membakut)
- Isnin Aliasnih (Kilas)
- Matbali Musah (Lumadan)
- Masidi Manjun (Karanaan)
- Japlin Akim (Usukan)
- Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (Apas)
- Bobbey Ah Fang Suan (Nabawan)
Parti Bersatu Sabah
- Julita Majunki (Matunggong)
- Jahid Jahim (Tamparuli)
- Joniston Lumai @ Bangkuai (Kiulu)
- Joachim Gunsalam (Kundasang)
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Rakyat Sabah (Star)
- Jeffrey Kitingan (Tambunan)
- Robert Nordin (Bingkor)
- Ellron Alfred Angin (Sook)
- Musa Aman (Sungai Sibuga)
- Limus Jury (Kuala Penyu)
- James Ratib (Sugut)
- Jaffari Waliam (Nominated member)
- Musbah Jamli (Tempasuk)
- Hamisa Samat (Tanjong Batu)
- Abd Muis Picho (Sebatik)
- Osman Jamal (Balung)
- Bolkiah Ismail (Pitas)
- Saddi Abdu Rahman (Sukau)
- Masiung Banah (Kuamut)
- Anita Baranting (Tandek)
- Abd Rahman Kongkawang (Labuk)
- Ronnie Loh Ee Eng (Nominated member)
- Abidin Madingkir (Paginatan)
- Kenny Chua Teck Ho (Inanam)