KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic) has dropped hints that Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government is open to accepting United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) into the coalition.
Hajiji, who is Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief, said this during a speech at the Kota Belud party division anniversary ceremony on Saturday (April 10).
"Since Tan Sri Pandikar (Amin Mulia) is now Usno president, InsyaAllah we will accept Usno in GRS," he said as he spoke in both the Bajau and Malay languages.
Pandikar who was elected as new Usno president – winning the post uncontested – back in February, has said the party is pro-government.
He also revealed that Usno had submitted its application to join a coalition but did not say if it was Perikatan Nasional or GRS.
GRS is the ruling Sabah coalition comprising Perikatan, Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah.
Pandikar also said that Hajiji's decision to appoint him as the special envoy of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area to represent the Sabah government, showed that Usno and the government are on the same team.
Meanwhile in his speech, Hajiji also said Bersatu must be prepared for the upcoming election and win the Kota Belud parliamentary seat, currently held by Parti Warisan Sabah's Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.
"If the state of emergency is not extended, there is a possibility a general election could be held.
"We will discuss within GRS and put a credible candidate from the coalition for Kota Belud. Hopefully, it will be someone from Bersatu," he said.