Saturday, September 26

Updates: Tussle for Sabah Chief Minister’s post

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FORMER Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman last night claimed that he has obtained a ‘simple majority’ to form a new state government, setting off political uncertainties in the state as the current Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal fights to stay in power.

In this live update, we follow the developments in Kota Kinabalu today:

Datuk Safar Untong

9.20pm: The Sabah State Government today published a gazette declaring the dissolution of the state assembly.

In a statement here, State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said the gazette informed that the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin had exercised his powers under Clause (2) of Article 21 of the Sabah State Constitution to declare the dissolution of the 15th Sabah state assembly effective today.

The gazette also said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had complied with the order of the Yang Dipertua Negeri. – Bernama


Kenny Chua Teck Ho

7pm: PKR today sacked its party member, Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua Teck Ho with immediate effect.

Its disciplinary board chairman Datuk Ahmad Kasim said the decision was made after Sabah PKR leadership confirmed that Chua was among the state assemblymen to switch allegiances to Umno’s Tan Sri Musa Aman’s group in an attempt to form a new government.

“Taking into account PKR’s stance that betrayal of the people’s mandate cannot be allowed to occur, the board has decided to sack Kenny Chua from the party immediately,” he said in a statement.

Chua was among the assemblymen who attended Musa’s press conference yesterday. During the press conference, Musa claimed that he had obtained a ‘simple majority’ to form a new state government.


Jeffery and the 33 assemblymen leaving Jalan Istana after they were denied to meet with Sabah Head of State.

6.15pm: Sabah Star president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is questioning why former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and the 33 assemblymen were not allowed to meet the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin after the opposition pact claimed to have obtained the majority to form the new state government.

Speaking to reporters at the junction leading to Istana Negeri here, Jeffery said his presence today was on behalf of the 33 YBs to see the Head of State to seek clarification on the letter they have submitted but unfortunately did not receive any reply.

“The purpose of the letter is to form the new government with the majority of the 33 assemblymen. We are seeking clarification of the letter as we have the majority to form the new state government.

“We have more than half, 33 out of 65 assemblymen, to form the state government, but we were denied entry,” he said.

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A convoy of almost 10 vehicles taking former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and his entourage to the Istana Negeri to have an audience with the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, could not proceed with their journey when the road leading to the palace, at Bulatan Nanas was closed by the authorities.

6pm: A convoy of almost 10 vehicles taking former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and his entourage to the Istana Negeri to have an audience with the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, could not proceed with their journey when the road leading to the palace, at Bulatan Nanas was closed by the authorities.

The convoy believed to be carrying 33 state assemblymen who had pledged their support to Musa to form a new state government in a coalition involving several political parties, arrived near the palace entrance at about 3.50 pm.

Musa’s lawyer, Tengku Fuad Tengku Ahmad was seen alighting from one of the vehicles to have a word with personnel manning the road block.

Despite the rain, the convoy of vehicles remained queued in the area, and at press time, it is understood permission to enter has still not been granted by palace officials.

The situation at the palace entrance was well under control and Kota Kinabalu district police chief ACP Habibi Majinji was also seen monitoring security there. – Bernama

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3.06pm: The Election Commission (EC) is awaiting an official notification from Sabah state assembly speaker Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali regarding the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly .

“The Sabah speaker needs to issue a notice (to the EC) first. Once the notice has been received, the EC will issue a statement,” said an EC official, when contacted by Bernama, today.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal in a press conference in Kota Kinabalu today announced the dissolution of the Sabah state assembly to make way for the state election and it has received the consent of Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Mohd Shafie, who is also President of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), said he would carry out his duties as Chief Minister during the dissolution period.

The Sabah state assembly currently has 65 seats.

On Wednesday, former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in a press conference claimed to have a simple majority to form a new state government. – Bernama


Musa (seated middle) with the 33 assemblymen who have pledged to support him.

3pm: Former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has told his rival Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be a ‘gentleman in politics’.

He opined that there was no necessity for the state assembly to be dissolved as he had obtained a simple majority with 33 assemblymen backing him.

“Based on the law and the state constitution it is clear that I have the right to be appointed as the Chief Minister by the Head of State as I have obtained the majority support,” he told reporters in a press conference at his residence in Seri Anggerik today.

The Sungai Sibuga assemblyman claimed that he had submitted statutory declarations (SDs) from the 32 assemblymen to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin this morning.

“The Head of State has the responsibility, under the constitution to give due consideration to decide whether I have enough majority to form a new state government for Sabah,”

“We are not surprised by this act (the call for a snap election). In fact, we had anticipated this,” he said.

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2.40pm: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has given its full support to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to face the snap election which will be held in the state.

In a media statement issued by PH Presidential Council today, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said they hope that the people of Sabah could support Shafie and the allied parties in the coming state election.

They said the people of Sabah will have the opportunity to ‘reset’ the national politics by lifting the principled politics as well as restoring the people’s mandate and reject the ‘jumping culture’ in politics.

Earlier, Mohd Shafie, who is also the President of the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), announced the dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly (DUN).

In a special press conference this morning, he explained that the dissolution of the Sabah DUN has received the approval of the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.


Several local reporters are currently gathering at Tan Sri Musa Aman’s residence in Seri Anggerik for a press conference scheduled to be held by the former chief minister.

12.30pm: Several local reporters are currently gathering at Tan Sri Musa Aman’s residence in Seri Anggerik for a press conference scheduled to be held by the former chief minister.

Security at the former chief minister’s residence is tight as the reporters are not allowed to enter without proper approval.


Shafie during a press conference at PPNS today.

11.55am: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal has announced the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly to pave the way for a state election, which has to be held within 60 days.

Speaking at the press conference after a closed-door meeting with the assemblymen and MPs aligned to him at at the Sabah Administration Building (PPNS), Shafie said he met the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at 8am this morning to submit a letter to request for the dissolution of the DUN.

He added that the Head of State has consented to the request.

Shafie said he remains the caretaker chief minister until the Election Commission has set the date for the election.


11.01am: Former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is calling for a press conference at 12pm today.


Shafie together with his supporters at PPNS.

10.57am: The Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal arrived at the Sabah Administration Building (PPNS) at 10.40am and went straight to attend a closed-door meeting with assemblymen aligned to him.

Those seen at the meeting were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong and Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew. Also seen were Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking and Sepanggar MP Datuk Azis Jamman.

Shafie had an audience with the Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Istana Negeri this morning.


The luxury vehicles seen entering Jalan Istana heading to Istana Negeri.

10.22am: Two luxury vehicles was seen entering Jalan Istana, the resident of Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, following the latest political situation in the state.

It is learned that Balung assemblyman, Datuk Osman Jamal was onboard one of the vehicle that is heading to Istana Negeri at 10.10am on July 30.

On Wednesday, July 29, former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, at a press conference, claimed that he had secured a simple majority to form a new state government in a coalition involving several parties.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 am today at the State Government Administrative Centre here.


Shafie’s entourage is seen entering the Istana Negeri to have an audience with the Sabah Head of State. – Bernama photo

All eyes are on Istana Negeri here, the official residence of Sabah Yang Di-pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, following the latest political situation in the state.

This follows former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman at a press conference here yesterday claiming that he had secured a simple majority to form a new state government in a coalition involving several parties.

At 8,20 am, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was seen entering Istana Negeri in a convoy of cars.

The convoy was then seen leaving Istana Negeri at about 9 am.

Security was extremely tight at the entrances to Istana Negeri and reporters were not allowed to get near.

Mohd Shafie is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 am today at the State Government Administrative Centre here.

Musa, at his press conference, had stated that he would be having an audience with Tun Juhar soon to hand over statutory declarations from the assemblymen who are are backing him. – Bernama