Hajiji to Be Sworn in Tomorrow

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Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor informs that he has received his appointment letter as the new Sabah Chief Minister from Istana Negeri.

Jabatan Penerangan

State Yang di-Pertua Tun Juhar Mahiruddin extended an invitation letter at about 4pm to the Sabah Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman for his swearing-in ceremony scheduled 10am tomorrow.

After the handover, a rehearsal for the ceremony took place at Dewan Istiadat Istana Negeri.

Speaking to reporters on his way out of the palace around 5pm, Hajiji said he expects to be sworn in as the 16th chief minister tomorrow morning.

“The TYT invited me over to inform me of my appointment as the chief minister of Sabah.

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“Yes, he handed to me the letter of intent,” the reelected Sulaman assemblyman said.

Earlier, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) agreed to pick Hajiji as their chief minister candidate.

Hajiji disclosed this at a press conference.

Also present was Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Bung Moktar Radin, who was earlier said to be the second contender for the post.

“Yes, GRS has unanimously picked me as the chief minister,” Hajiji said to loud applause from supporters.

“GRS, comprising PN, BN and PBS, has agreed to form the new state government.

“We were informed that the swearing-in will be done tomorrow morning. This is the people’s mandate to us.”

Bung indicated the coalition’s approval, by addressing Hajiji as “Yang Amat Berhormat (YAB) Datuk Seri Hajiji”, to cheers from the crowd.

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“We have come to an agreement on the realisation that this new government to be formed would be able to heal the spirit of the people which was lost because of the previous government,” the newly elected Lamag assemblyman said.

He said the incoming government had a big responsibility ahead of it, “but I’m confident after our YAB takes his oath, we will begin (implementing) these measures.”

Asked about his Cabinet line-up, including who his deputy chief minister would be, Hajiji said the important thing was to get sworn in first.

“It’s a secret (the Cabinet line-up),” he said.

He said the incoming government would get cracking on delivering its “Aku Janji” manifesto launched during the election campaign.