GRS leaders, assemblymen gathering at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort

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  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Leaders and winning assemblymen from the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah coalition are meeting at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort as anticipation grows that they are agreeing to a candidate for the post of Chief Minister.

The 38 assemblymen from Sabah Barisan (14), Perikatan Nasional (17), Sabah Bersatu (11) and Sabah STAR (six), their partner Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) with seven representatives were holding discussions at about noon on Sunday (Sept 27).

For more information on how Sabah voted in the recent polls, click here.

It is learned that three independent assemblymen have also aligned themselves with the coalition, giving them a total of 41 assemblymen in the 73-member house.

Sources have said that the discussions between the assemblymen and the leaders of the parties might find a solution on the possibility of a Chief Minister being selected by the coalition.

The source said that if Sabah Bersatu chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor was picked there would be certain conditions set by Sabah Umno, which is led by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

Alternatively, if Bung is selected, then there would be conditions set by Bersatu, PBS as well as Sabah STAR on the make-up of the government.

The sources did not rule out the possibility of Hajiji being made the Chief Minister with Bung made a Deputy Chief Minister in the compromise, which is still in discussions.

The sources have said that the ongoing discussion by all the assemblymen and leaders at the resort might find a final solution to the impasse.

They hope to reach a deal before the leaders seek an audience with the Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin if the Istana agrees to meet them on Sunday (Sept 27) afternoon.

An Istana official had indicated that there would be no swearing-in on Sunday.

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, whose Warisan Plus won a total of 32 seats is also asking to be given the first chance to form a state government as he is the leader of the party that won the most seats, a requirement in the state Constitution.

Outside the meeting room at Magellan, supporters, party members and media are waiting for the leaders to announce their decision.

Leaders approached were tight-lipped when the press hounded them with questions about how they would decide on the person who would be the Chief Minister.

"We will call for a press conference later," said Bung Moktar when pressed.

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