Sabah PAS says it's ready to work with new state government

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PAS says it will support the new state government under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic)and is open to working with them on Islamic affairs.

Its law unit head Hamid Ismail said as an opposition politician who practises mature politics, he will support state government policies and initiatives that are beneficial, but will also offer criticism and advice when necessary.

He also expressed his wish that Shafie protect Islamic matters in Sabah and is ready to offer his suggestions to "upgrade and improve" Islam in the state.

"I have some suggestions on how to upgrade and improve Islam in Sabah especially relating to the Syariah court, Syariah lawyers, Islamic law and Islamic administration in the state.

"But I will let the state government arrange their affairs first. My suggestions can wait," said Hamid in a statement on Tuesday (May 15).

Hamid added that he hopes Sabah will progress and advance under the new state government.

Sabah PAS contested eight parliamentary and 15 state seats during the 14th General Election but failed in its bid to capture any.

Shafie has taken hold of the Sabah government after a turbulent political weekend that saw his predecessor Tan Sri Musa Aman forced out two days after being sworn in.

Musa, Sabah's longest-serving minister since 2003, was sworn in with his 10-member state assembly late Thursday (May 10), but lost his 31-seat majority within 24 hours.

However, he refused to resign, forcing Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to appoint Shafie whose Party Warisan Sabah and partners Upko, DAP and PKR, accounted for a total of 35 seats in the 60-member state assembly.

Following the support of two more Upko assemblymen for Shafie on Sunday (May 13), Warisan and its partners currently have 37 seats, just three seats shy of a two-third majority in the assembly.


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