Zahid twists facts to justify why Sabah Chief Minister should have been from UMNO

Warisan Plus won 32 seats with Warisan obtaining 29 seats, the highest number obtained by a single political entity. Source (pic): TTF Files

زاهيد ڤوتر بليت فكتا اونتوق جلسكن كناڤ كتوا منتري سابه هاروس دري امنو

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today claimed the post of Sabah Chief Minister should be handed over to Umno. 

In what amounted to an “I accept and don’t accept the decision” oxymoron, Zahid said he was informed by Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin that GRS state assemblymen during a meeting had unanimously agreed to nominate Sulaman representative Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor as Chief Minister.

Zahid argued that Bung should have been offered the post because the party had the highest number of seats in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition at 14, followed by Bersatu at 11.

However, this is a false perception, as UMNO and PPBM contested as Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional respectively, both being officially registered parties.

Under the circumstances, Perikatan Nasional is the party with the highest number of seats, not Barisan Nasional, as STAR is a member of Perikatan Nasional.


PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today claimed the post of Sabah Chief Minister should be handed over to Umno.

In what amounted to an “I accept and don’t accept the decision” oxymoron, Zahid said he was informed by Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin that GRS state assemblymen during a meeting had unanimously agreed to nominate Sulaman representative Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor as Chief Minister.




Hajiji’s nomination, according to the information relayed to Ahmad Zahid, was in a bid to ensure the interests of the Sabah people, which had been disregarded by the previous Warisan state government, would be championed by the newly-elected GRS government.

“I respect this decision on the basis of the spirit of Sabah Umno’s autonomy which had been mutually agreed upon,” Zahid said.

He argued that Bung should have been offered the post because the party had the highest number of seats in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition at 14, followed by Bersatu at 11.

However, this is a false perception, as UMNO and PPBM contested as Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional respectively, both being officially registered parties.

Under the circumstances, Perikatan Nasional is the party with the highest number of seats, not Barisan Nasional, as STAR is a member of Perikatan Nasional.

Zahid deliberately skated over the fact, knowing very well that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, being the leader of Perikatan Nasional, has the prerogative to decide who gets to become Chief Minister.

This isn’t a constitutional requirement but is in line with Barisan Nasional tradition, held ever since UMNO first participated in active politics back in the fifties.

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In Saturday’s polls, GRS wrested the state administration from Warisan Plus after securing 38 of the total 73 state seats.

GRS subsequently increased the number of its state seats to 41 after it received the backing of three independent candidates who won in Kuamut, Kemabong and Pitas.

Warisan Plus won 32 seats with Warisan obtaining 29 seats, the highest number obtained by a single political entity.

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