Cold Water over Alleged Attempts to Overthrow Warisan in Sabah

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Shafie Apdal remains in control while an air of quiet descended in the camp of his political nemesis Musa.

Alleged attempts to topple the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state government saw temperatures rising between several Sabah lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The issue saw Datuk Azis Mohd Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) and Datuk Mohamad Alamin (BN-Kimanis) trading barbs, forcing Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to call for order in the House.

“There is forced coercion on leaders in Sabah to switch allegiance and even agents who have been ordered to coax elected representatives to party hop.

“This is far from what the King had advised in his Royal Address,” said Azis when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat.

Since late Wednesday (July 22), government assemblymen from Warisan, DAP, Upko and PKR have been denying social media reports of their purported crossover.

Reports had been rife alleging there was a second push by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to snatch back the reins of the state government from Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Amidst a spate of denials and police reports by assemblymen linked to the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state coalition government over the last 72 hours, Shafie remained in control while an air of quiet descended in the camp of his political nemesis Musa.

Key names in the purported defection list have come out publicly to deny signing statutory declarations supporting Musa for the chief minister’s post.

Musa is working with 19 fellow opposition assemblymen from Perikatan Nasional parties in the state to get at least 13 government assemblymen to cross the floor for a simple 33-seat majority in the state assembly.

Azis told lawmakers that he had accompanied Isnaraissah Munirah Majlis (Warisan-Kota Belud) yesterday to lodge a police report over the alleged harassment through WhatsApp by an individual asking her to switch her support to Perikatan Nasional.

Azis then showed the screenshot of the WhatsApp message and read it out in the House.

“I have been instructed by No.1 to get in touch with you. I have an offer. Can we talk? Let me know when it’s convenient to talk. YB, Sabah is about to change hands, don’t miss this golden opportunity, take my offer. Meet me in KL,” Azis said when reading out the alleged WhatsApp message.

Azis, who was former deputy home minister, also claimed that he was informed that even some police personnel had been roped in to coax certain leaders in Sabah to switch allegiance.

Mohamad then interjected Azis’s speech, citing Standing Order 36(12) that Azis was misleading the House.

He said that Azis “should be careful” with his allegations as they were neither unfounded nor proven.

Azalina requested Azis to move on and debate on other issues.

However, Mohamad kept on interrupting Azis and insisted on being given the floor to speak, although the latter refused.

An irked Azalina stepped in to restore order in the House and ordered Mohamad to sit down.

Azalina reminded lawmakers that a parliamentarian enjoys immunity in the House and can raise any allegations during debates.