KOTA KINABALU: After keeping out of the media spotlight since Sunday (Sept 27) following the defeat in the state election, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal made a brief appearance to address party supporters and the press outside his residence.
However, he stopped short at making any remarks aside from thanking supporters and press members gathering at his residence in Yayasan Sabah since Monday (Sept 28) morning.
“Thank you so much for your support, ” he said as he greeted members of the press who approached him.
Supporters who were present also cheered as he greeted them at the car porch outside his house.
Asked whether he would be heading to the Istana Negeri at 4.30pm as scheduled, Shafie merely said “thank you very much”.
When quizzed about what are the Warisan Plus coalition's next moves, Shafie merely said: "We will serve the people.”
There was much political intrigue outside of Shafie’s residence at Yayasan Sabah along Jalan Tenejai, where cars were parked tightly and reporters as well as party supporters had gathered since morning.
Security personnel were seen mingling at the vicinity of the residence and a group of caterers from Sutera Harbour Resort were seen preparing food.
Statutory declarations were also believed to be signed by Warisan Plus assemblymen inside Shafie’s house.
Following Warisan Plus' defeat in the 16th state election on Saturday (Sept 26), Shafie has kept out of the media spotlight.
Sources in the chief minister’s office have also indicated that they were told to vacate their office to make way for the new administration.
The Warisan Plus coalition has a total of 32 seats while the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition won a total of 38 seats in the recently-concluded state election.
At around 11.30am, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim arrived at the Istana Negeri to hand over what he says are 41 statutory declarations in support of the candidate for chief minister.
Two independent assemblymen who won are believed to have pledged allegiance to GRS, which bumped up its 38 assemblymen to 41.
Earlier Monday, GRS had nominated Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor as its candidate for chief minister and the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday (Sept 29).
Hajiji is currently present at the Istana Negeri for an audience with the Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin after receiving an invitation letter for the swearing-in ceremony of the 16th Sabah chief minister.
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