Sabah's GRS govt will not falter even if Putrajaya shakes, says Hajiji

KOTA KINABALU: The fledgeling nine-party Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) is not going to be shaken no matter what happens with the current political uncertainties developing within the Federal Government under the Perikatan coalition.

Sabah GRS chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said that Sabah will not be influenced by political developments in Peninsular Malaysia where Umno might decide to leave the ruling Perikatan coalition.

"We look at politics in Sabah as Sabah's own politics.

"We cannot be influenced by the movements of politics elsewhere, especially in Peninsular Malaysia," he told reporters here after leaders of the GRS parties formally signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday (Jan 9) to strengthen the alliance that won the Sept 26 snap state elections.

Hajiji, who is Sabah Bersatu chairman, said that the GRS is focused on working together to deliver the people's mandate.

"This is why we are not affected by what happened in the political scenarios in Peninsular Malaysia.

"No matter what happens in Peninsular Malaysia, we are strongly intact here in Sabah," said Hajiji, who is the Chief Minister.

At the same press conference, Sabah Umno and state Barisan chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin reiterated the party's stand was to ensure GRS remains intact as the ruling state government no matter what happens at the federal level.

"Our stand is very clear. Apart from that, we have also decided to defend GRS, not just for Umno, but also us in Barisan because our priority is to help develop Sabah, and see Sabah developed further," he reiterated.

The nine party leaders who signed the MOU were Hajiji for Sabah Bersatu and Bung for Sabah Umno while PBD was represented by its deputy president Datuk Radin Malleh; PBRS deputy president Datuk Ellron Angin; the presidents of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) Arthur Kurup and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

The other state party leaders to sign were Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung, Sabah MIC chief Peer Mohd Kadir and Sabah PAS commissioner Aliakabar Gulasan.

When asked why they decided to sign an MOU instead of agreement, Hajiji said that there was no need for any agreements as it was a political commitment and spirit to work together.

"I believe there is no need for any agreement as leaders of the respective parties are responsible," Hajiji said, adding that the working relationship between the parties has been there before, during and after the state elections.

"This is a political not like a business joint venture to do a project," he added.

The GRS committee will comprise Hajiji as chairman with Bung, Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan as deputy chairman I, II and III, respectively.

Mohd Razali Razi (Bersatu) is the secretary, Ardino Diris (Sabah Star) is assistant secretary, Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Tun Said (Umno) is treasurer and Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (PBS) is information chief.

The committee will also include Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (Bersatu), Datuk Mohd Ariffin Mohd Arif (Bersatu), Senator Datuk Yakub Khan (Umno), Datuk Jafry Ariffin (Umno), Radin Malleh (PBS), Datuk Jahid Jahim (PBS), Ellron (Star), Guan Dee Koh Hoi (Star), Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (PBRS), Arthur (PBRS), Yong (SAPP), Edward Dagul (SAPP), Lu (MCA), Pamela Yong (MCA), Peer Mohd Kadir (MIC), and Mohd Aminudin Ali (PAS).

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