KOTA KINABALU: The question of who is the opposition leader in the state assembly cropped up yesterday when former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman unexpectedly turned up.
This was after Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan
had welcomed the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman as the opposition leader.
However, when met later, Jeffrey who is Tambunan assemblyman, said he would continue as the
opposition leader in the state assembly even though Musa had turned up.
“I am the acting opposition chief in Musa’s absence,” he said when asked about his position.
After the 14th General Election, Umno was left with 18 assemblymen and they teamed up with Parti Besatu Sabah (six) and Sabah STAR (two) to form an opposition bloc known as Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS).
Musa was made the opposition leader, but the former chief minister has been missing from action for 11 months while 11 of his fellow party assemblymen left Umno.
This leaves him as the sole Umno representative in the state assembly.
A series of crossovers also saw PBS ending up with five assemblymen.
It is now the largest party in the opposition bloc followed by Sabah STAR (three) and GBS-friendly Musa in the 60-member house.
Kiulu PBS assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the speaker would clarify who the opposition leader in the house was.
However, Bangkuai did not dispute Jeffrey’s statement.