Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sabah Umno’s support for Hajiji as CM shows Zahid’s waning sway?

The announcement by GRS today could point to a lack of say by Umno leaders at the federal level on Sabah's politics.

Other News

Sabah, Sarawak dapat layanan adil, kata Muhyiddin

Terdapat banyak lagi usaha yang perlu dibuat bagi meletakkan kedua-dua negeri berkenaan agar setara dengan Semenanjung.

I have big support, Muhyiddin says as he marks first year as PM

He maintains that he still possesses majority support, rejecting accusations that the state of emergency was a ploy to remain in power.

Muhyiddin tetap perkukuh hubungan antarabangsa

Pandemik Covid-19 tidak bermakna negara tidak memberi perhatian dalam hubungan antarabangsa.

Darurat Covid-19 diperlukan, kata PM

'Saya pun tak tahu parti mana sekarang yang mempunyai jumlah kerusi yang lebih besar daripada saya', kata Muhyiddin.

2,437 kes positif, jumlah jangkitan Covid-19 kini melebihi 300,000

300,752 jumlah keseluruhan kes positif dilaporkan di Malaysia.

Sabah Umno chairman Bung Moktar Radin and newly elected assemblymen have thrown their support behind Hajiji Noor for the post of chief minister, a development signalling the waning popularity of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in the state.

“The people will stop playing politics. We will think about Sabah problems,” Bung told a joint press conference by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) today to announce the coalition’s consensus on naming Hajiji as chief minister.

This comes amid open protest by Zahid and another veteran Umno leader against Hajiji, the Sabah Bersatu chief, leading the state.

Hajiji, 65, who has served in the Sabah state assembly for three decades, was Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) choice of chief minister, while Umno named Bung for the post.

In the newly concluded Sabah election, PN teamed up with BN and PBS, achieving a comfortable majority to bring down the Warisan-led government of Shafie Apdal.

The announcement by GRS today could point to a lack of say by Umno leaders at the federal level on Sabah’s politics.

Earlier, Zahid called for the chief minister’s post to be given to Bung, saying Umno deserved to be given a senior post after being bypassed for the posts of prime minister and Perak menteri besar.

Another Umno leader, Shahrir Samad, meanwhile accused Bersatu of being detached from Sabah’s issues.

The former Johor Bahru MP’s criticism of the party led by Muhyiddin Yassin is no surprise as the duo have not been on the best of terms since Muhyiddin’s time as Johor menteri besar.

When an exodus of key leaders and assemblymen in 2018 left Umno nearly paralysed, many members blamed it on Zahid.

A Sabah Umno Youth leader, Ghazalie Ansing, urged the party’s Supreme Council to ask Zahid to step down.

“We want Umno to be led by someone who is capable of leading this party. The uncertainty of the president in determining Umno’s direction has resulted in many party leaders and members leaving,” he reportedly said a day after the exodus.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

I have big support, Muhyiddin says as he marks first year as PM

He maintains that he still possesses majority support, rejecting accusations that the state of emergency was a ploy to remain in power.

2 PKR MPs quit, declare support for Muhyiddin in blow to party

The decision ends weeks of speculation about their frustration with PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim.

Online shift makes body shaming easier than ever

A psychologist warns of the negative effects of such acts while a lawyer says legal action can be taken as it is considered a criminal offence.

Throwing stones won’t help, educationists say on teacher with ‘bad English’

They say mispronunciations should be corrected through positive reinforcement, and that mocking others for their English won't improve anything.

Suami isteri pengusaha van tak sabar tunggu sekolah dibuka

Berita mengenai pembukaan semula sesi persekolahan pada 1 Mac depan bagaikan “cahaya di hujung terowong” kepada pasangan pengusaha van sekolah yang memutuskan untuk pulang...