Quit PPBM, rejoin Umno to resolve CM issue, Shahrir tells ex-party men

Shahrir Samad says Sabah can only achieve unity and stability if PPBM leaders return to Umno.

PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Shahrir Samad has urged his former comrades in Sabah to quit PPBM and rejoin the party.

In a Facebook post, he said this was the best way to resolve the issue over who would become the next Sabah chief minister after Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s (GRS) victory in Saturday’s election.

He said PPBM had no real links to Sabah and its presence in the state was part of the “West Malaysian political elite’s manoeuvrings”.

“Sabah PPBM leaders must realise and acknowledge they can achieve unity and political stability in Sabah by quitting PPBM and returning to Umno.

“Why dance to the tune of PPBM leaders in Peninsular Malaysia?” he said.

Shahrir, the former Johor Bahru MP, said that when PPBM assemblymen return to Umno, they will form the single largest party compared with Warisan.

“Every struggle needs sacrifices,” he said.

Both Perikatan Nasional’s Hajiji Noor and Barisan Nasional’s Bung Moktar Radin are said to be the candidates for the chief minister’s post.

Their coalitions are part of GRS alongside PBS. In Saturday’s polling, GRS won 38 seats, surpassing the 37 seats needed to form the government by a simple majority.

Three independents have reportedly voiced their support for GRS.

Yesterday, both Hajiji and Bung had an audience with Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin, after which he asked for more time to decide.