KOTA KINABALU: The inclusion of four Sabah STAR representatives in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) line-up puts the coalition on firm ground, says party youth chief Rizal Johari (pic).
He said that the inclusive line-up demonstrates that the current government is serious about fulfilling its election manifesto.
“It is good to see this development because it also shows that GRS is not affected by the political turmoil in Peninsular Malaysia," he said in a statement on Sunday (Jan 10).
The four in the 27-member GRS committee are Sabah STAR president Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, deputy president Datuk Ellron Angin, secretary-general Datuk Guandee Kohoi and assistant secretary-general Ardino Diris.
On Saturday (Jan 9), GRS chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor named Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin as GRS deputy chairman I, Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili as deputy chairman II and Jeffrey as deputy chairman III when the new nine-party coalition solidified itself through an MOU.
Meanwhile, Rizal urged all quarters to focus their energy and resources to help the people, particularly in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“GRS has the people’s mandate to be the state government and the opposition needs to respect that mandate. The state election is over and so is the time for politics," said Rizal.
He added that the GRS-led state government has less than five years to prove the coalition is more than capable of running the state and fulfilling the people’s aspirations.
Rizal also said that the state government under Hajiji is a combination of experienced and fresh leaders.
The GRS group was formed before the Sept 26 state elections involving two coalitions - Sabah Perikatan Nasional (four parties) and Sabah Barisan Nasional (four parties) - and Parti Bersatu Sabah.