Anwar gives 'blessing' to Hajiji to remain as Sabah Chief Minister

10 Jan 2023 10:21am

KOTA KINABALU - Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim gave his 'blessing' to Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor to remain as Sabah Chief Minister.

However at the same time, Anwar said he would like to give Hajiji space in finding the best formula to ensure that everything in the state remains under control.

" Yes, I gave him my blessing, he is the Chief Minister," he said when met with by reporters after a meeting with Hajiji at the Chief Minister's official residence at Sri Gaya here at midnight.

Anwar said this when asked to elaborate on the outcome of his meeting with Hajiji following the current political turmoil in Sabah.

He also informed that the views given from fellow leaders in Sabah is to ensure that the state government remains strong under Hajiji's leadership.

"I would like to thank the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji and friends who listened to all the opinions from the state leaders and the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, what we all want is for the state government to be strong and stable under Hajiji's leadership.

" Tomorrow an important bill will be tabled to restore Sabah's rights which I had previously proposed in the cabinet and to me this is the main thing that should be focused on, we shall give space for the Chief Minister on other matters, " he said.

Before that, the Prime Minister who had just finished an official visit to Indonesia, arrived in Kota Kinabalu to meet with the the state's political leaders.

The meeting is believed to be held to solve the political turmoil affecting Sabah when the Head of Sabah UMNO Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin announced on Friday that UMNO and Sabah BN are withdrawing their support for Hajiji as Sabah Chief Minister.

Following the withdrawal of support, the state government formed with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) was in turmoil when Hajiji allegedly no longer had the support of some assemblymen.

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However, Hajiji on Sunday claimed that he had the support and Sworn Declaration (SD) from 44 assemblymen and has remained as Sabah Chief Minister.