Back Shafie in snap polls, PH tells Sabahans

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal with Sabah state assemblymen in Kota Kinabalu today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has urged Sabahans to back Warisan’s Shafie Apdal and the parties aligned with him in the coming state election.

In a statement signed by its component party leaders, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, PH said it gave its full and undivided support to Shafie who is Sabah chief minister.

This comes after Shafie said that Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin had consented to the dissolution of the state assembly, paving the way for a snap election in the state.

The PH leaders also criticised the timing of what they called an “attempted power grab” in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, saying the priority should be public health instead of power and positions.

“Only the people can defeat this evil stealing of power started by former chief minister Musa Aman, with the full support of Prime Minister Muhyiddn Yassin and Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin,” they said.

Musa yesterday claimed that he had the numbers needed to form a new state government after several assemblymen from the Warisan-led state government defected to his camp.

He said he had received statutory declarations from a number of assemblymen from various parties confirming their support for a new alliance he was leading.

Shafie today announced the governor’s consent to dissolve the state assembly after a meeting with him this morning.

A total of 73 seats will be up for contest following the addition of 13 new seats endorsed in Parliament last year.

Shafie’s Warisan-led government came to power after defections from Barisan Nasional following the 2018 general election.