KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah and its partners are in firm control of the state government, the party’s deputy president, Datuk Darell Leiking, said.
“Warisan and its partners have the mandate and will continue to govern the state, ” he commented over speculation on social media that some assemblymen were poised to switch camps following the collapse of the federal Pakatan Harapan government.
“We trust the integrity and dignity of our people (assemblymen).
“We are all fully behind our president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to continue governing the state.”
He said Warisan and its partners Upko, DAP and PKR were continuing to go about their tasks in the state administration and to serve the people under their mandate with their 48 seats in the 65-member state assembly.
Warisan currently has 33 assemblymen, DAP (seven), Upko (five) and PKR (three).
Some of the postings on social media listed out names of 33 assemblymen who were supposedly forming the next government.
One Warisan assemblyman had denied a social media poster of him congratulating the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the new Prime Minister.
The nine assemblymen of Sabah Bersatu are now in the Opposition as the federal party has moved into Perikatan Nasional.
Others on the opposition bench are four assemblymen from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), three from STAR and one from Sabah Umno.
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 said that most of the state politicians were 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 would have to cater to demands from various groups.
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