KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah and its partners are in firm control of the state government, says the party’s deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking.
“Warisan and its partners have the mandate and will continue to govern the state, ” he said when contacted over social media claims that several assemblymen were planning to switch camps following the collapse of the federal Pakatan Harapan government.
“As for the talk, we trust in the integrity and dignity of our people
“We are all fully behind our president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to continue to govern the state, ” he said on Monday (March 2).
He said Warisan and its partners Upko, DAP and PKR were continuing to go about their duties as a government and to serve the people under their mandate with 48 seats in the 65-member state assembly.
A post of the list of names of assemblymen purportedly forming the new state government is being circulated on social media.
One Warisan assemblyman had denied a social media post of him congratulating the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on his appointment as the 8th Prime Minister.
Warisan currently has 33 assemblyman, DAP has seven, Upko five and PKR three.
Sabah Bersatu joined the Opposition in the when the new Perikatan Nasional took over the Federal Government.
Bersatu has nine assemblymen.
Political observers said it would be a difficult task for the state opposition to muster a defection of at least 16 to 18 assemblymen from the ruling state government.
They also explained that most of the state politicians were closely watching developments within the new Federal Government which was still finding its footing.
Most politicians were watching if Muhyiddin would be able to maintain his majority in Parliament as he had to satisfy various political groups.
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