PETALING JAYA: Parti Solidariti Tanahairku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan has clarified that the appointment of Musa Aman as the Sabah chief minister was legitimate and done according to the state constitution.
The new Sabah deputy chief minister said he also wanted to “set the record straight so as to counter any misinformation, misrepresentation and even outright lies”.
“It was only after the Election Commission had announced that Barisan Nasional won 29 seats, Warisan 21, DAP 6 and PKR 2, and STAR 2, that any negotiations began between the various parties.
“I believe that Warisan went into negotiation and decided to form an alliance with DAP and PKR, giving them 29 seats in total.
“We (STAR) have, however, also formed a coalition with BN, whereby we have a simple majority of 31 state seats,” Jeffrey said in a statement today.
He added that as only a simple majority is needed to form the next government, the Sabah governor, having sought counsel with the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, had determined that Musa had legitimate claim to the chief ministership.
“The governor had according to the state constitution, then sworn-in Musa as the new chief minister of Sabah. The governor has since sworn-in the rest of the state Cabinet.
“This was witnessed by the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun. Also witnessing the event was Sabah Attorney-General Zaleha Rose,” he said.
Jeffrey said he and his party colleague, Bingkor assemblyman Robert Tawit decided to join forces with BN because “we believe this is the way forward towards a stronger and more stable position to govern the state.”
Yesterday, Warisan president Shafie Apdal said he now has the right to be named chief minister after six BN assemblymen defected to the Pakatan Harapan-Warisan coalition.
However, constitutional experts were reported to have said that Shafie can only take any action when the state assembly convenes, by calling for a vote of no-confidence against Musa.