GRS agrees to name Hajiji as Sabah CM candidate

Hajiji: "They have unanimously agreed to name me as the Sabah chief minister." (Photo by Bernama)

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KOTA KINABALU (Sept 28): Parties in Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) have unanimously agreed to name Sabah Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor as the candidate for the new Sabah chief minister’s post.

Hajiji, who is the Sulaman state assemblyman, confirmed the matter and that he would take his oath as the chief minister at Istana Negeri at 10.30am tomorrow.

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

"They have 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 here today.

Also present at the press conference were Sabah BN chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim.

To a question about the state Cabinet line-up, Hajiji, who is also the Sabah PN chairman, said the matter will 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 for us to together start taking steps to safeguard the people’s interests,” said Bung Moktar, who won the Lamag seat in the Sabah state election (PRN) on Saturday.

Earlier today, the Sabah Information Department, in a notice sent to Bernama, said the swearing-in ceremony of the new Sabah chief minister will be held at 10.30am tomorrow at Istana Negeri Sabah.

In the state election on Saturday, GRS, comprising PN, BN, and PBS, won 38 of the 73 state seats, while Warisan Plus (consisting of Warisan, DAP, Amanah, UPKO and PKR) took 32 state seats, while the remaining three seats were won by independent candidates.

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