Season Of Enticement Back Here Again Folks

KOTA KINABALU: All is fair in love and war – so it is not surprising then that ruling elected representatives are complaining of agents coming around with offers to jump ship.

It comes at a time when talks have resurfaced that the opposition in the state is again making an attempt to topple the Warisan-led state government.

“The attempts are real but it won’t succeed,” said Warisan vice president Datuk Junz Wong in an immediate reaction.

Wong’s statement comes amid reports that former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman was in the midst of drawing support from assemblymen through statutory declarations to make a bid for the position he lost after the 2018 general election.

Wong said these claims about toppling the state government were aimed at misleading the people.

“I am just wondering how many times can these lies and jokes about changing the Warisan led state government continue to fool our people?” he said.

This morning two elected representatives – DAP’s Kapayan assemblywoman Jannie Lasimbang and her sister Jenifer, who is Warisan’s Moyog assemblywoman, complained about being approached by the opposition to switch camps.

“They came as orang kampung to my Moyog office and made the offer to leave on behalf of a senior politician. I was shocked. I asked them to politely go back,” said Jenifer, adding that they had also asked her talk to Jannie.

Online news media quoted Jannie as saying two men,  tried to solicit her defection with offers of cash and a state minister position.

“I didn’t even let them finish what they have to say after they introduced themselves as agents of a politician’s son,” she said.

“I immediately said I was not interested. I was offended they came to my house with such a proposition. I cursed them and their evil intentions.”

Jannie said DAP assemblymen and MPs would be calling a press conference later at the DAP headquarters to talk about it.

She believed the two men claiming to represent the son of a prominent Sabah politician were tasked with getting government-aligned elected representatives to defect.

Speculation has resurfaced that a series of defections would possibly lead to the collapse of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s state administration.

Yesterday, it was reported that Musa and other Perikatan Nasional leaders were renewing the campaign after recent attempts failed.

The report purported that they had either “secured” or were “close to” securing a simple majority in the 65-seat state assembly.

Musa, who returned to Sabah two-days ago, has been meeting potential defectors, according to sources close to the Umno Sungai Sibuga assemblyman.

The sources have claimed that he has secured the support of 34 assemblymen to stake a claim for the Chief Minister position within the next 48 hours.

Shafie’s ruling coalition of Warisan, Upko, PKR and DAP currently holds 45 of the 65 seats while the combined Sabah Perikatan Nasional holds 20 seats.