KOTA KINABALU — May 11, 2018: Six Sabah Barisan Nasional assemblymen today crossed over to Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) which now makes it possible for the party to form the new government.
Four of them — Datuk Abdul Muis Picho (Sebatik), Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tanjung Batu), Datuk Osman Jamal (Balung) and Jamawi Jaafar (Kemabung) — were from Umno while Ewon Benedict (Kadamaian) and Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Paginatan) were from United Pasokmmogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko).
In confirming this, Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal claimed that all six did so on their own free will.
“With this, Warisan and Pakatan Harapan which had 29 seats now have the majority to form the new government,” he told a press conference here.
Present were Upko acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau and five of the assemblymen except Osman.
According to Shafie, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiyuddin had been informed of the development which qualifies Warisan to form the new government.
“Tun (Juhar) himself had called up the individuals concerned and asked whether they supported the party (Warisan),” he said, adding that Sabah had gone down this road many times.
For example, Umno took over the administration of Sabah from Parti Bersatu Sabah led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (when PBS did not have enough seats). I myself sent the letter (Umno had enough seats to form the government) to the Yang Dipertua Negeri then.
“Tun sent a letter and immediately Pairin became aware that he had lost the majority and immediately resigned which enabled Tun Sakaran Dandai to be sworn in as the chief minister,” he said, adding that he hoped Juhar would speed up the process (swearing in of the new chief minister).
Asked about the possibility of more BN assemblymen joining Warisan, Shafie did not dismiss it saying he was “getting a lot of calls”.
Madius said Upko’s decision to join Warisan and Pakatan Harapan was in the best interest of the people of Sabah. — Bernama