Hajiji: No state polls if GE15 called, GRS-Barisan to work as one in Sabah


SANDAKAN: Chief Minister Hajiji Noor says the Sabah legislative assembly will not be dissolved along with Parliament when the 15th General Election (GE15) is called.

"We will complete our full (five-year) term," he told people during the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) roadshow in Batu Sapi here Sunday (Sept 25).

In dismissing speculation that the assembly would be dissolved along with Parliament, Hajiji said: "(It) is not true as we still have three more years to govern Sabah."

The state government celebrates its second anniversary on Monday (Sept 26).

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The day marks the formation of the GRS-Barisan Nasional government after defeating Warisan Plus in the September 2020 snap election.

“What is important is that we will continue to strengthen GRS, the coalition representing the multi-ethnic and multi-religious people in Sabah.

“There are those who claim that GE15 will be this October, while some say it will be next year. Whenever it is held, GRS is ready," said Hajiji, who is GRS chairman.

He also said all GRS component parties have agreed to use its symbol in GE15.

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“God willing, we will emerge victorious,” he said.

Hajiji said both GRS and Barisan pledged to work together to develop Sabah and bring progress to the people.

“If the candidate for Batu Sapi (parliamentary seat) is chosen from GRS, we know Barisan will also work hard to ensure victory.

"Likewise, if a BN candidate is chosen, GRS will work hard to make sure the candidate wins because we are a GRS-Barisan government.

“We must learn from past political mistakes. Enough is enough, we do not need to be split and divisive anymore,” he said.

“This time we hope to cooperate in the best way possible and bring Sabah forward in line with the Sabah Maju Jaya agenda,” he said.

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Hajiji also gave his assurance that the state government will address all the issues affecting the people of Batu Sapi, such as the squatter settlement status.

“I have discussed it with (state) Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun... to look into the issue and if possible to gazette the squatter settlement as a kampung reserve,” he said.

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