KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Warisan has accused Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) of trying to strengthen its “backdoor government” by allegedly engineering defections amid a move to create a unity government in Sabah.
Warisan vice-president Datuk Junz Wong said that the talk of a unity government was merely a tactic by the GRS state government, led by Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, to continue to lure assemblymen for its own political interests.
“Apparently, talk of unity is never sincere,” he said yesterday after three Warisan assemblymen – Mohammad Mohamarin (Banggi), Ben Chong Chen Bin (Tanjong Kapor) and Norazlinah Arif (Kunak) – quit the party to support Hajiji.
Wong, who is Tanjung Aru assemblyman, claimed that the GRS government is continuing to delay the anti-hopping enactment for the state and wants to engineer more defections of assemblymen despite Parliament enacting the anti-hopping law last year.
On the defections of the three Warisan assemblymen, Wong asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate if they were enticed to jump ship for monetary gains.
“One of the assemblymen, who was recorded in a video clip sometime in January this year, had openly admitted that millions of ringgit and positions were being offered to them to leave Warisan,” he said.
Wong said the GRS government should have been working on resolving the people’s many problems, ranging from improving water supply in the city to poor road conditions.
“GRS has performed so badly in terms of governance and service rendered to the rakyat. I advise GRS to work harder to serve the people well or face their wrath,” he added.
Wong also said Warisan will continue to work hard for Sabah despite the departure of the three assemblymen.
“Warisan will continue to fight for Sabah rights, and we will do our duty as a check and balance to the state government,” he said.