KOTA BELUD: A general election may be called ahead of time should Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) win the state election, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Prime Minister said the Sabah election, scheduled for Sept 26, was important as it would determine the future of the country, especially that of the state.
“We haven’t decided when to have an election on a national level but if we win in Sabah, we should have the election immediately.
“From the election here, we can gauge if the people support Perikatan Nasional or want me as their Prime Minister because we want Malaysia to move forward and achieve great heights.
“One way for the country to achieve success is to continue to move together with me, ” he said during a gathering with the people here yesterday.
Also present at the gathering were Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, Perikatan’s Pintasan candidate Fairuz Renddan and Barisan Nasional candidate for Usukan, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
Muhyiddin, who is Perikatan chairman, said Sabah must ensure GRS win in Sabah and be aligned with the Federal Government.
“The choice is in the hands of the Sabah people. If you have to choose who should be leading the new government, it shouldn’t be Parti Warisan Sabah because Pakatan Harapan is no longer in power.
“Sabahans wouldn’t want to be aligned with the Opposition, especially in these critical times when the economy has taken a hit due to Covid-19. We need to overcome this challenge and that is why we need to walk down the same path together, ” he said.
Muhyiddin said the state and federal governments should be working together to revive the economy.
“We may be among the best in managing the Covid-19 situation but we don’t want to come out badly from this crisis as we recover from it, ” he said.
“If Sabah is led by GRS, I pledge to help Sabah revive its economy and be at an even better level from before it was hit by Covid-19, ” Muhyiddin said.
At another function, Bernama reported Muhyiddin as saying that more aid and allocations could also be extended to Sabah should the voters choose GRS.
The Federal Government, he said, could only give assistance to Sabah as far as what was compulsory under the Federal Constitution because the Sabah and Federal governments were not on the same page.
“We help but the assistance is only to the extent of what is mandatory under the Federal Constitution. That is the right of the Sabah people, ” he said during a meet-the-people session at Dewan Tun Mustapha in Kudat.
Also present was the Perikatan candidate for Tanjong Kapor, Nurlizah Gurahman.
“I’m not saying that Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has not given anything but it is not enough because there is no cooperation with the Federal Government, ” he said.
Muhyiddin also said that as of July this year, 63,781 people in Sabah had benefited from Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) financing totalling RM2.36bil.
He said in the Kudat parliamentary constituency alone, 4,267 people had received financing totalling RM98.5mil.
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