Jeffrey Kitingan: Warisan did not get mandate of the people to form state govt


KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah did not get the mandate of the people to form the government after GE14, said opposition Sabah STAR chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic).

He said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal should not mislead the people, adding that the state government was built on "frogging" using statutory declarations, which is not in the state constitution.

In his statement earlier, Shafie, who is Warisan president, said that Sabahans had given their mandate to the new state government and that is why it will focus on development and fighting for Sabah’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) even if Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) comes in.

Dr Jeffrey said even after an alliance with DAP and PKR - both multiracial parties from the peninsula - Warisan still needed to horse-trade to form what many believe was an illegal state government.

He said if Warisan was a strong local multiracial party, it should stand on its own and not forge an alliance with Upko (which defected from Barisan Nasional) and two parties from Peninsula Malaysia.

“Barisan was returned to power in Sabah on May 9 with a constitutional majority under a single party symbol. STAR decided to ally itself with Barisan instead of Warisan,” he said.

In GE14, Warisan and its partners - PKR and DAP - won 29 seats that were tied with Barisan’s 29 state seats, with Dr Jeffrey's Sabah STAR winning two seats.

Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman managed to get Sabah STAR’s support to rush his appointment as chief minister for the fourth term but six assemblymen defected almost immediately.

Musa thus lost his majority, triggering a demand for him to step down.

Shafie was then sworn in as Sabah’s 14th Chief Minister.

Dr Jeffrey said Warisan’s resistance to Bersatu’s entry into Sabah shows that the party’s so called alliance with Pakatan Harapan was not genuine.

He said if Warisan claims that the party and Bersatu are "like siblings", it should not feel threatened by the latter’s entry into Sabah.

“Suddenly Shafie is seeing ghosts everywhere despite claiming that he has 45 seats in the state assembly and can provide a stable government,” he said.

Dr Jeffrey said if Shafie can welcome other parties, he should accept Bersatu into the fold.

He said Bersatu entered Sarawak, and there was no reason it cannot be in Sabah as well.

“Shafie should be more concerned about those who jumped ship, as they may jump again,” he said.