Attempts to topple Hajiji started after GE15: Kukusan assemblyman

06 Jan 2023 10:26pm
Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor - Photo by Bernama
Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor - Photo by Bernama
KOTA KINABALU - The attempt to topple the Sabah government led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor began after the 15th General Election (GE15), reveals Kukusan State Assembly Member Rina Jainal.

She claimed the state once again was shaken by news that might bring a change in the leadership of the Sabah government.

"It was publicly known that there is a new party coalition movement which claimed to receive a majority support of the statutory declaration (SD) by some Sabah assemblymen but this was believed to be delayed due the insufficient support.

"Actually, this is not a surprise considering that not only among the assemblymen, but the people can also expect this matter which is called the 'Kinabalu Move’.

"This matter started to emerge after the last GE15. Especially after the announcement of the unity government by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"It was followed by the Cabinet line-up which apparently caused dissatisfaction among some parties even though they were actually in the government block at the Federal level," she said in a statement on Friday.

Rina, who is also Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah deputy president, said Sabah administration was seen as the easiest to be interfered with by other parties with the change of leadership in Putrajaya.

"Almost every day there will be media statements from different individuals (but from the same party) issuing statements about the credibility of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor which I describe as more of an attempt to create doubts about the state's leadership,but seen as quite among Sabahans.

"If it is true that there is a change of power in Sabah as claimed by this group, it will not only have an impact on Sabah and its people, but also will give a bad image to the Prime Minister who introduced the concept of a unity government. It can indirectly taint the image of the unity government concept," she said.
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She also wondered if the actions taken by these parties were related to the attempt of taking over the government for the people’s sake.

"Even in GE15, one of the parties only won three of the 52 parliamentary seats nationwide. Some of their strong candidates also had to accept the people's choice who clearly rejected them by choosing another party's candidate.

"Isn't this a clear sign that the party is being rejected by the Sabah people. Some may criticise that I also started from another party before jumping to Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah.

"However, my actions last June did not have an impact on the change in the state government, but instead saw that development in Kukusan," she said.

Hence, she once again asked all parties to focus on the development of the state after GE15.

"I believe that the majority of Sabahans also want the same thing, instead of wanting to see us change leadership often.

"It is important for us to prove that Sabah's sovereignty is not easily challenged by anyone," she stressed.