Zahid Accepts Hajiji Being Made CM

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Umno accepted Bersatu’s Hajiji Mohd Noor as the next Sabah chief minister in the spirit of consensus, said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a come-down from his earlier tough stand that the party expected to be given the post.

The Umno president said even though Umno had won the most seats among Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (14), Hajiji was chosen after negotiations among assemblymen.


“I was informed by Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin after negotiations among the GRS assemblyman, the consensus was to nominate Hajiji to ensure the rights of Sabahans are fought for after the negligence of the Warisan government before this,” Ahmad Zahid said in a statement on Facebook.

GRS consists of Umno, Bersatu, Star and PBS. Umno won 14 seats, Bersatu 11, STAR 6 and PBS 7 in the Sabah state elections.

Ahmad Zahid added that even though Umno won big they gave in to their coalition partners to ensure the harmony of the state government.

“I respect the decision on the basis of Sabah Umno’s autonomy, which has been agreed together,” the former deputy prime minister said.

Ahmad Zahid had told the Star that his party had given in twice to Bersatu on government positions.

The Barisan Nasional chairman said the coalition expected its ally to agree to its choice of Bung Moktar Radin as Sabah chief minister, The Star had reported.

The Umno president said he had written a letter to Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin indicating the coalition’s choice of CM.

Zahid said the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition owed BN the post.

“We have given in twice – once in Perak, where Bersatu has only four state representatives and Umno has 25.

“Yet we agreed that a Bersatu assemblyman (Ahmad Faizal Azumu) be appointed the menteri besar of Perak.

“Also, when we formed the federal government with Bersatu and Gagasan Parti Sarawak, even though Muhyiddin Yassin’s party did not have the most MPs, we agreed that he would be the prime minister,” Zahid was quoted as saying in the report.

The Bagan Datoh MP hoped the Sabah government would be formed fast to deliver the election promises which the ruling party promised.

“I hope the government will be formed soon to give focus on multiple agendas to take care of Sabahans’ rights as promised in the GRS manifesto,” said Ahmad Zahid.

The GRS coalition won 38 seats, allowing it to form the state government in Sabah with a simple majority. PN won 17 seats while BN snatched 14.

Their closest rival, Warisan, won 23 seats, along with DAP (6) PKR (2) and Upko (1) making the total number of seats they won 32.

Independent candidates, meanwhile, won three seats.

Hajiji, who is Sulaman assemblyman, was summoned to the palace earlier to meet Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Juhar Mahiruddin. – TMI