Two Sabah Umno MPs expected to back party decision to withdraw support for Muhyiddin

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno’s two MPs - Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Kinabatangan) and Datuk Mohamad Alamin (Kimanis)- are expected to stand with the party decision to withdraw support for the Prime Minister.

Senior Sabah Umno sources said that the duo have signed affidavits to support the Umno party president’s decision to withdraw support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“In fact, Bung has already publicly stated that the Sabah Umno was with the party’s supreme council decision announced by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last month. Sabah Umno has not changed its stand on the matter,” the source said.

In view of the current political situation at the national-level, Sabah Umno has decided not to make any further statements on the issue and all necessary statutory declarations have been signed in support of the party president’s decision, the source said.

Bung, who is Sabah Umno chief, has refrained since Tuesday night to comment on the decision of the party to immediately withdraw support for Muhyiddin.

According to the senior party official, Sabah Umno will retain its support for the state government under the party coalition under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) irrespective of whether there is a shift or not at the Federal Government.

GRS led by Sabah Bersatu chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor is comprised of four party Sabah Barisan, five party Sabah Perikatan and Parti Bersatu Sabah.

The GRS coalition took over the state after defeating Warisan Plus in the state election on Sept 26 snap polls last year.

Sabah Umno’s position within the GRS coalition has been reaffirmed many times by Bung who stated that GRS victory was a people’s mandate and as such the party will stand with its local partners including Bersatu.

The political developments in the days ahead will be a “litmus test for the GRS to remain intact despite the latest political development in KL,” local political analyst Tony Pardi Bagang said.

“Things are still very much fluid and we are yet to know what would be the final outcome. The withdrawal of Umno support is something that is expected,” he said.

“If Sabah Umno wants to prove its autonomy, this is the time to show it to the rakyat. It sounds idealistic but workable. After all, the GRS now remains intact despite what happen at the national level,” he said.

Bagang said that Prime Minister’s statement earlier Wednesday would “calm down” the political situation.

“There is no change of PM or government until it will be tested in the coming September sitting, “ he said, adding that political horse trading could be expected over the next few weeks.

However, Bagang did not rule the possibility local assemblymen shifting political alliances amid signs of changes at the federal level.

“There is always a possibility taking into account the dynamics of state politics and federalism,” he added.

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