Shafie at Istana Negeri Meeting with Sabah Yang DiPertua amid Political Uncertainty

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Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was at Istana Negeri last night meeting up with the Yang DiPertua Negeri amid a push to topple the 26-month-old state government.

It is not clear what discussion was held between Shafie and Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Shafie was seen with his deputies Datuk Jaujan Sambakong and Datuk Christina Liew returning to his official house in Likas at about 10.30pm.

He is believed to have met with Juhar to discuss the latest political development.

Shafie and leaders were huddled in discussion following a claim by arch political nemesis Tan Sri Musa Aman that he had enough assemblymen to form the state government on a simple majority in the 65-member house.

However, Warisan is claiming it still has the majority with 33 to 34 assemblymen.

As of 11pm, the political positions of two assemblymen remain unclear.

At 6.15pm on Wednesday (July 29), Musa said that he will be providing statutory declarations of the assemblymen supporting him.

It is understood that Shafie also has similar declarations from all of his 45 assemblymen amid speculations that some signed for both sides.

Meanwhile, a huge crowd gathered at Shafie’s residence last night as the chief minister and his assemblymen met to discuss options over the future of the state government.

Shafie is said to be considering dissolving the Sabah Legislative Assembly to seek a fresh mandate if he is unable to hold on to his numbers in the state assembly.

This option was also raised by Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking before the meeting.

The Penampang MP said that the party was caught by surprise over the turn of events.

Musa is at his Seri Anggerik residence in Luyang.

Since 9pm, police have been controlling traffic moving into the Istana road at Signal Hill.