KOTA KINABALU, July 30, 2020: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal today announced the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly to pave the way for a state election.
He made the announcement at the Sabah State Administrative Centre here and showed member of the media a signed letter of consent for the dissolution from Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
“As the sitting chief minister, I have the right to request for a dissolution. And TYT (Juhar) has absolute power to decide, whatever the numbers are,” he said during the press conference.
Earlier, Shafie, who is the Warisan president had an audience with Juhar at Istana Negeri at 8.25am.
The dissolution of the assembly means that a state election must be held within 60 days.
Shafie’s move to call for a fresh state election came after opposition leader Tan Sri Musa Aman last night claimed that he had obtained the majority in the assembly, believed due to the defection of scores of assemblymen to his side.
Meanwhile, Musa said he could ask Juhar to rescind his consent to dissolve the state assembly and instead appoint him as the new chief minister.
He insisted that he has the support of 33 assemblymen, which is the simple majority needed in the 65-seat state legislature to form a new state government.
“We will ask our lawyers to review what to do next. And maybe appeal to the TYT not to dissolve the State Assembly,” he added during a press conference, which was attended by 32 other state assemblymen.
A total of 73 seats will be up for contest for the coming state election following the addition of 13 new seats endorsed by Parliament last year.
Shafie’s Warisan-led government had came to power after defections of several Barisan Nasional’s elected representatives shortly after the 2018 general election.