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‘Warisan formed backdoor govt’
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: The war of words between Sabah Umno and Warisan Sabah continued, Friday, with both sides accusing the other of resorting to “back door” tactics to come to power.

Sabah Umno, in particular, accused Warisan of forming a “back door” government through enticing several Barisan Nasional assemblymen following the 2018 general election.

Sabah Umno Communications Director Ghazalie Ansing (pic) said Sabah BN was the legitimate government and had duly formed the state government then by a simple majority of 31 State Assembly seats followed by the re-appointment of Tan Sri Musa Aman as Chief Minister after some delay that then coincided with the crossover of Upko elected representatives and others.

“The Warisan Government is the real back door government and no one can deny it.

“Thus, Wira Warisan Chief Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman’s statement telling Umno not to dream of forming a ‘back door’ government in Sabah is like spitting in the sky, “ he said in a statement, Friday.

Ghazalie was commenting on Mohd Azis’ claims that Umno which was defeated in the 2018 General Election seems to still harbour great ambition of forming “a back-door government” in Sabah through “buying” elected representatives.

“If nobody jumped Warisan will not have formed a back door government today. Is Mohd Azis in panic? Don’t be afraid if Warisan representatives jump because you taught them,” he said.

Azis was quoted as saying that Warisan is well aware of Umno leaders’ tactic of “buying” elected representatives to enable the party to form a new undemocratic government.

To this, Ghazalie said every Malaysian knows that some of the BN assemblymen were “bought over” by Warisan. Following the defections, Musa was asked to step down by the TYT but refused insisting that he had already been legally appointed before the defections and that there was no provision in the State Constitution for a chief minister to lose his position, except through a vote of confidence in the assembly.

Musa took the matter to court and a Federal Court decision on the matter is awaited. 

Ghazalie also claimed that Warisan’s greed for power today has put Sabah in a state of uncertainty and destitution.

“This is the reality today and the people of Sabah are being squeezed into misery without any defence. 

“We can see this from the aspects of the people’s aid all the way to the development of the State,” he said.

Ghazalie also questioned where all the assistance which was announced had gone to, adding that only the number of recipients were published but the whereabouts of the contributions was unknown.

Similarly, the State’s development was announced, yet nothing is done. He said it would not be a surprise if people start labelling Warisan’s administration as just one of making announcements.

According to him, throughout the two years of Warisan’s administration, no development had taken place and the people are struggling, while businesses are complaining.

Ghazalie said no one can deny the speed and development of Sabah that the BN Government had built. “BN defended all segments of society regardless of religion, race and ethnicity, unlike Warisan.”

Meanwhile, Sabah Umno Youth Chief, Abdul Aziz Julkarnain, challenged Mohd Azis to call for a full turnout of assemblymen to show support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and prove the Warisan-led State Government is not shaky. 

“Hopefully there will be more government assemblymen present, not just 19 as what happened at the one recently held by Upko President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau,” he said, in response to Azis asking Umno to stop dreaming about forming a “back door government” in Sabah.

“There is no need to buy assemblymen. They are also aware that the people will punish them in the next election shown in the last five by-elections, including in Kimanis.” 

 


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