Sabah Political Turmoil: Resolve in the State Legislative Assembly, Judiciary Platform Should Be The Last resort

KOTA KINABALU : Warisan Supreme Council Member, Lawyer and MA63 Activist, Mazliwati Abdul Malek pointed out that according to Article 6(3) of the Constitution of the State of Sabah, it is the prerogative of the Sabah TYT to appoint a Chief Minister from the party who command the confidence of members of the State Legislative Assembly.

“Read this together with ArtIcle 6(7), the political party must be the one that has won the majority of the elected seats of the State Legislative Assembly in a general election. Majority as opposed to Absolute Majority. Therefore, the party who won majority in the election shall be elected as the Chief Minister of Sabah,” she said in a statement released here today.

“What is wrong with the picture today? We have Hajiji who hopped out of Perikatan Nasional (PN) and is freely to do so because he did not table anti-hop law in Sabah. We have Hajiji who insist that Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) is a political party, therefore, everyone in GRS is having 2 political parties.

“And should GRS is not a political party, we have Hajiji who is not a member of any political party heading the State as Chief Minister. And even if GRS is a political party, we have a political party created after the General Election,” she questioned.

Mazliwati asserted that what Malaysian particularly Sabahan are seeing right now is the Sabah Constitution being ridiculed again and again by those who are willing to hold onto the last thin string of power.

“They even dare to interpret the constitution according to their need. (PBS Deputy President PBS Datuk Seri Dr) Joachim (Gunsalam) for instance is trying to interpret article 6(7) to apply only during election.

“There is no timeline stated under the constitution. The Sabah Constitution merely states that the majority political party shall be the Chief Minister.

“If Joachim is true, he is allowing any political party to take the back door and then shout Sabah Constitution as the protectorate.

“All these while Warisan has been deprived and denied of this right under the Constitution. It is high time that we respect the law, no matter you are holding the highest position or otherwise,” she pointed out.

Mazliwati said it is about time the self-appointed political analyst and constitutional experts who sprout like mushroom in rainy season to stop interpreting the constitution according to their whims and fancies just to legitimise the illegitimate.

“This is not a political crisis. This is a constitutional crisis which every single assemblyman has sworn to protect. The issue should be resolved in the State Legislative Assembly . The Judiciary platform should be the last resort,” she concluded.