Zahid: Shafie Thwarted Umno by Dissolving Sabah Assembly

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Umno’s plan to form the government in Sabah has been thwarted by caretaker chief minister Mohd Shafie Apdal’s move to dissolve the state assembly, said Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid said Shafie’s advice to governor Juhar Mahiruddin not to form the state government through defections has foiled Umno’s attempt.

He added that Umno will contest in the state polls and warned what is happening in Sabah may happen in other states.

“The reality is this dissolution gives back the power to the people to decide on a new mandate.

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“I hope what is happening in Sabah will be a lesson to other states,” he told the press outside the high court today.

He said as there is no Muafakat Nasional in Sabah and any decision on seat contests will be up to the top leadership of Sabah Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties.

“We still have Sabah Barisan Nasional. We also have Sabah Umno.

“Sabah Umno has been given autonomy. We will discuss with top leadership in Sabah, including Musa Aman.”

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman claimed yesterday he had enough lawmakers on his side to form the state government with simple majority.

Shafie this morning announced that Juhar had consented to the dissolution of the state assembly.

Shafie said he is now the caretaker chief minister until the elections that will be held within 60 days. – TMI