KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Barisan Nasional respects the decision of Sabah Umno, which agreed with the component parties in Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), to nominate state Perikatan Nasional chairman Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor as the 16th chief minister, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Barisan chairman said that he respected the decision on the basis of the spirit of autonomy of Sabah Umno which has already been agreed upon.
He said he was informed by Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin that the decision was reached to ensure that the interests of the people of Sabah could be fought for immediately.
"I was informed by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin that after negotiations among the winning GRS assemblymen in the state election, they finally agreed to nominate Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor,” he said in a statement Monday (Sept 28).
He expressed hope that the new Sabah government can immediately focus on various agendas to safeguard the interests of Sabahans as stated in the promises made by GRS.
Previously, Ahmad Zahid insisted that the post of Sabah chief minister should come from Umno as the party secured the largest number of state seats, more than any other in the GRS alliance.
GRS is a coalition of Perikatan, Barisan and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
Perikatan includes Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
In the Sabah state election held on Saturday (Sept 26), Umno/BN won 14 seats, Bersatu (11), STAR (six) and PBS (seven). - Bernama
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