GRS agrees to name Sabah PN chairman Hajiji Noor as Chief Minister candidate

KOTA KINABALU (CNA) – Parties in Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) unanimously agreed to name Sabah Perikatan Nasional (PN) Chairman Hajiji Noor as the candidate for the new Sabah Chief Minister’s post.

Hajiji, who is Sulaman state assemblyman, confirmed the matter and that he would take his oath as the Chief Minister at the Istana Negeri Sabah today.

“I wish to inform that GRS, consisting of PN, BN (Barisan Nasional) and PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah), mutually agreed to form a new state government.

“They unanimously agreed to name me as the Sabah Chief Minister. We will fulfil our responsibilities and mandate for the people. I thank the people of Sabah for choosing the leaders from GRS,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Perikatan Nasional (PN) Sabah Chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor waves to the media after holding a press conference at a hotel in Sabah. Photo: Bernama

Also present at the press conference were Sabah BN Chairman Bung Moktar Radin, Sabah’s Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) President Jeffrey Kitingan and PBS Secretary-General Jahid Jahim.

To a question on the state Cabinet line up, Hajiji said the matter would be announced after the swearing-in ceremony.

Meanwhile, Bung Moktar said the new state government led by GRS would stop the politicking and instead, focus on solving the problems

facing Sabah. “It is the responsibility of the new state government to start taking steps to safeguard the people’s interests,” said Bung Moktar, who won the Lamag seat in the Sabah state election last Saturday.

In the state election last Saturday, GRS, won 38 of the 73 state seats, while Warisan Plus (consisting of Warisan, Democratic Alliance Party, Amanah, United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation and Parti Keadilan Rakyat) got 32 seats, and the remaining three were won by independent candidates.