Warisan assemblyman leaves party, supports Hajiji’s GRS

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah’s Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Gani Amir (pic) is pledging his support to the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government.

The first-term opposition assemblyman disclosed his decision in an interview with Bernama yesterday. But since then, he has been uncontactable by journalists as well as former Warisan colleagues.

He said he would remain as an “independent” assemblyman and support the GRS state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor as well as Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

However, he remained coy on any immediate plans to join a party in the GRS state coalition.

In an unsigned media statement circulated on social media, Hassan was quoted as saying that his decision to leave Warisan was made to bring stability to the country in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also listed his grouses for leaving. Among them was Warisan’s decision not to support the federal Budget 2021 and also his unhappiness over the party’s move to destabilise the Perikatan Nasional Federal Government.

He was unhappy with Warisan leadership’s alleged failure to discuss important party decisions with elected representatives and the grassroots.

He also claimed that the party did not make adequate initiatives to help the people facing challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Warisan secretary-general Datuk Loretto Padua could not be contacted for comment, but party sources said that Hassan’s move came as a surprise.

Hassan is the first assemblyman to cross the floor following the Sept 26 snap Sabah election that saw the Warisan Plus state government toppled by GRS.

Warisan won 23 seats and its partners DAP got six, PKR two and Upko one seat, while GRS won 38 seats with three independents giving them 41 seats.

Meanwhile, political talk is rife that a few more assemblymen from the opposition bench might be shifting allegiance towards GRS.

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