By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: The Musa Aman government is deemed illegal and can fall any time now, while Shafie Apdal, the Parti Warisan Sabah president who has 29 Assemblymen with him “as well as several others” will be named Chief Minister soon.
Sources has informed BorneoToday that Yang Di-Pertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin who was forced to swear in Musa as the Chief Minister at 11.10pm Thursday, did so after he was told that Barisan Nasional had 29 Assemblyman plus two from STAR.
As at 2.30pm Friday, it is understood that at least three Umno Assemblymen and two from UPKO will be pledging allegiance to Parti Warisan. Several others are waiting to jump ship too.
It has been a roller-coaster ride for Shafie since the GE14 results were announced. By 11.30pm on Wednesday, Parti Warisan had 32 State seats – but early Thursday, the Election Commission announced that Kemabong, Sebatik and Usukan were “won” by the BN.
And despite UPKO saying that they are ditching the BN and will work with Warisan instead, five of its Assemblymen were taken away by certain people and allegedly held against their will at Seri Gaya, thus giving Musa the numbers he needed.
Sebatik assemblyman Abdul Muis Picho and Tanjong Batu assemblyman Hamisah Samad arrived at Mohd Shafie’s house here at Taman Golf View at 12.15pm on Friday.
Their switch means Musa no longer holds the majority in the State Assembly.
BorneoToday also understands that two UPKO Assemblyman are now with Shafie.
Earlier Friday, Shafie told reporters at his house that the Musa government will not last long as it is invalid
He said Warisan along with its partners Sabah DAP and PKR do not acknowledge the state government that was formed on Thursday (May 10) considering Barisan did not get enough seats to form the government.
“Musa Aman is now Chief Minister and at the state level, I do not acknowledge Barisan as a valid state government as they did not get an absolute mandate. Upko has already stated its stance,” said Mohd Shafie.
He added that he has sent a letter to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the matter.
Mohd Shafie reiterated that Warisan will not concede to Barisan and will not allow Sabah to have an invalid state government.
Speaking to reporters at his residence in Taman Golfview here Friday (May 11), Shafie also said early on Thursday (May 10), he had already sent a letter to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin after getting support from Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to join Warisan and its partners.
However, Dr Jeffrey later joined Barisan, contributing two more seats to Barisan’s 29, enabling them to form a state government with 31 seats.