KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Warisan has accused Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) of trying to strengthen its backdoor government by allegedly engineering defections amid a push to create a unity government in Sabah.
Warisan vice-president Datuk Junz Wong said that the talk of unity government was merely a tactic by Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor led GRS state government to continue to lure assemblymen for their own political interests.
"Apparently, talk of unity is never sincere. And sadly, cash is still king," he said Tuesday (Feb 7) after three Warisan assemblymen - Mohammad Mohamarin (Banggi), Ben Chong Chen Bin (Tanjong Kapor) and Norazlinah Arif (Kunak) - quit the party to support Hajiji.
Wong, the Tanjung Aru assemblyman, claimed that the GRS government continues to delay the anti-hopping law enactment for the state as they wanted to engineer further defections of assemblymen despite Parliament enacting the law last year.
On the defection of the three Warisan assemblymen, Wong said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must investigate them if they were enticed with monetary gains.
"One of the assemblymen in a video recorded sometime in January this year, had openly admitted that millions of ringgit and positions were being offered to them to leave Warisan," he said.
He said the GRS government should focus on the people's problems, ranging from basic need for proper water supply in the city to poor road conditions among a multitude of issues faced by the people.
"GRS has performed so badly in terms of governance and service rendered to the rakyat, especially during this hard time. I advise GRS to work hard to serve the people well or face the wrath," he added.
As for Warisan, he said nothing has changed with the departure of the three assemblymen.
"Warisan will continue to fight for Sabah rights and will do our part to check and balance this backdoor Sabah government," he said.
Wong said Warisan would continue to give full support to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his administration at the federal level in efforts to recover the country's economy.