Next State polls only in 2025: "No Assembly dissolution"
Published on: Monday, September 26, 2022
By: Mardinah Jikur
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Hajiji stressing a point yesterday.
Hajiji stressing a point yesterday.
SANDAKAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor dismissed any likelihood of the State Assembly being dissolved to accommodate another State election jointly with the parliamentary election when GE15 is called.

This is because Sabah held its State election recently following the collapse of the Warisan-Plus administration and has three more years to serve out the full term which expires only on Oct. 9, 2025. 

Hajiji was referring to rumours that the State Assembly would also be dissolved should Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announce the dissolution of Parliament anytime now. 

“All this talk is not true as we still have three more years to govern Sabah,” he said, adding that the GRS-Barisan Nasional State Government celebrates its second anniversary today (Sept 26). 

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

“There are those who claimed that the 15th General Election will be held this October and some saying it will be next year but whatever it is GRS is ready,” he said.

Hajiji who also GRS Chairman said this at the Jelajah Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) Batu Sapi held at the Flat MPS in Kampung Lupak Meluas Darat here, Sunday.

Also present were GRS Sec-Gen Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, GRS Supreme Council member Datuk Arifin Arif, Armada Sabah Chief who also Pintasan Assemblyman, Fairuz Rehan, GRS Batu Sapi chief Firdaus Khan who also the committee chairman of the programme, representatives of the respective GRS component party presidents, GRS party friendly and assemblymen. 

Hajiji said all the component parties in GRS have also agreed to use the GRS symbol in the impending parliamentary elections. 

  “All the parties in GRS including Parti Bersatu Sabah and Star  have agreed to use the GRS symbol.  

 “God willing, we will emerge victorious in this parliamentary elections,” he said. 

He said both GRS and BN have pledged to work together to develop Sabah and bring progress to the people.  “If the candidate for Batu Sapi (parliament seat) is chosen from GRS, we know BN will also work hard to ensure victory and likewise if a BN candidate is chosen, GRS will work hard to make sure the candidate wins because we are a GRS-BN government,” he said, adding “we must learn from past political mistakes.”  

 “Enough is enough we do not need to be split and divisive anymore.  

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

  Hajiji also assured that the GRS-BN State Government would address all the issues affecting the people in Batu Sapi such as the squatter settlements. 

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

On a request by Khairul and the Flat MPS residents to upgrade the surrounding and compound area, he assured it would be looked into.

 On those aged 18 being able to exercise their right in the coming election, he said, their choice is important to ensure there are better leaders to represent the constituency and other developments.

 Earlier, Fairuz said, with GRS, there is so many types of aid for youths as well as higher learning students. 

 “It shows the Government is serious to develop,” he said. “We are also confident and give our fully support to Hajiji as the GRS leader.”

Khairul said Hajiji also is very committed in carrying out his duties.

 As for GRS, he said it is indeed historic where for the first time in Sabah, various parties representing various religions and races are now under one roof with the same mission, i.e. to bring Sabah forward as well improve infrastructure including in Batu Sapi which is only 13 minutes from Sandakan town.

“We also need to be rational, so that what are we plan to do is going smooth and reach its target which is to bring more development to Sabah and its people,” he stressed.

At the event, Hajiji heaped praise on Yunizam Yusup or known as Abam Botak team who have been operating free hearse services the past three years in Sandakan and other districts for families in need.

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