PETALING JAYA: Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s decision to back Muhyiddin Yassin as the next prime minister was a declaration of war with Barisan Nasional, said Sabah BN chief Bung Moktar Radin.
The decision by GRS chairman Hajiji Noor and six of its MPs to support Muhyiddin was a breach of the electoral pact between GRS and BN for the general election, he said, according to a report in The Star.
“Hajiji never contacted me or discussed GRS’s support for Perikatan Nasional. We had agreed that GRS would back Barisan (Nasional). Hajiji has violated the agreement by backing PN. They just declared war on us,” he was quoted as saying.
BN is part of the GRS-led state government. Hajiji, who is chief minister, is also the Sabah head of Bersatu, the lynchpin of PN.
Bung, is a deputy chief minister in Hajiji’s government.
PN, which won 73 seats at the general election, is seeking an alliance with other parties such as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (22 seats) and GRS (6) to obtain a parliamentary majority and form the next federal government.
The general election on Saturday was inconclusive, with none of the major coalitions, BN, PN and Pakatan Harapan, securing enough seats for a majority.