GRS claims victory in Sabah, ousting Warisan Plus

Perikatan Nasional secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin (second from right) celebrates Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s win in the Sabah elections.

KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) has wrested power in Sabah from Warisan Plus, Perikatan Nasional (PN) secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin declared tonight.

He said the coalition of PN, Barisan Nasional (BN) and PBS had crossed the 37-seat threshold of a simple majority in the new 73-seat state assembly.

“Unofficially we are going to take over the state but wait for just a few minutes. We are going to make sure everyone is confirmed first, then we’ll make an announcement,” he said at PN’s election headquarters at the Magellan Sutera hotel here tonight.

The GRS victory, if officially confirmed, will be a stunning reversal of fortunes for Warisan and its partners in Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Upko.

Led by Shafie Apdal, Warisan-PH had ended decades of BN’s control over the state, in tandem with BN’s loss of the federal government to PH in 2018.

Today’s elections to the state assembly were called after former chief minister Musa Aman had attempted to oust Shafie’s government through defections from Warisan and allies.

Instead, Shafie advised the head of state to prorogue the state assembly.

A total of 447 candidates contested today’s elections.

Unofficial results have put GRS at 38 seats at 9.20pm.

PN candidates appear to have done slightly better than those from GRS’ ally BN.

An unofficial tally shows that PN has garnered 16 seats of the coalition’s 38 seats, with BN taking 15 and PBS winning the other seven seats.

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