KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PAS secretary Dr Aliakbar Gulasan, who is also a nominated assemblyman, has become the party’s first representative in the state assembly.
He was sworn in together with 73 others during a ceremony at the state legislative assembly sitting here on Friday (Oct 9).
The PAS entry to the state assembly without contesting the recently concluded elections had raised concerns with Gabungan Rakyat Sabah partners – Parti Bersatu Sabah and Sabah STAR.
A total of 74 out of the 79 assemblymen were sworn in and took their oaths before the new Speaker Datuk Kadzim M. Yahaya.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic) and several representatives, who were on self-quarantine, did not attend the ceremony.
Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee also did not turn up for the swearing-in ceremony of assemblymen, which immediately raised questions whether he was taking up the appointment as nominated assemblyman.
Yong said that he had informed the assembly that he could not make it and would take the oath at a later date.
Also not present were Datuk Amisah Yassin (nominated assemblyman), Datuk Jaujan Sambakong and Manis Buka Darah.
Jaujan and Manis Muka are from Parti Warisan Sabah.
The swearing-in and oath-taking ceremony went smoothly with all state representatives observing physical distancing and wearing masks throughout the event.