Shafie Still Very Much In Charge, Says Christina


KOTA KINABALU: The Warisan-led state government has assured that it still had the numbers to remain in power.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew said the state government was intact contrary to suggestions otherwise by the opposition.

“Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is still Chief Minister and he has the numbers to continue ruling,” she said.

Liew who is Sabah PKR chief was speaking to reporters after conferring with Shafie and other coalition partners Sabah DAP and Upko at his official residence here late Wednesday evening.

On his part Shafie who came out to greet supporters told the media that he would speak to them at his office in the state administrative centre on Thursday.

On being asked if he had met Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin earlier on Wednesday evening, he said he would also answer this question on Thursday.

Shafie, who is Warisan president, reportedly went to the Istana hours after at least 10-12 government assemblymen were reported to have switched their allegiance to former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Musa had called a press conference to state he had secured enough support, by way of statutory declarations, from across the political spectrum to have a simple majority in the 65-seat state legislative assembly.

He did not specifically state how many were with him but observers later said Shafie still had enough support to stay in power.

Among the government assemblymen seen together with Musa was Sabah PKR vice chairman Kenny Chua who crossed the floor after repeatedly denying such claims.

Liew said Chua should do the honourable thing and resign from the party.

In another related development Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking said a state election should be called following the betrayal by the government assemblymen.

He said it was shocking that the elected representatives would betray the people like that and that the proper thing to do was to let the people decide again.

“We are shocked with what has happened. This is something we are against, they have betrayed the mandate, which is for a full term. So the best thing is, let’s go for an election,” he said.

The political events on Wednesday were a culmination of weeks of speculation that a new attempt was being made by Musa, on behalf of the Perikatan Nasional coalition, to topple the Shafie administration.