TUARAN (November 28): Proposals to register Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) as a political party and limit the tenure of the chief minister of Sabah to two terms will be jointly discussed by the leaders of the coalition parties, a said GRS chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor.
Sabah’s chief minister said in principle that the two proposals look attractive but must have the consent of all the GRS constituent parts before they can be implemented.
Hajiji said he welcomed the willingness of Barisan Nasional (BN) State President Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin to discuss in depth the proposal to register the GRS as a political party and hoped that this decision would strengthen cooperation within the GRS.
“The government of the state of Sabah is supported by GRS, so official registration of GRS is a proposal that can be considered. Whatever is good for the politics of Sabah and the GRS, we will examine them and carry out a thorough study, ”he told reporters here on Sunday.
Earlier, Hajiji, who is also the leader of Sabah Bersatu, kicked off the Bersatu Tuaran Division Annual Assembly at the Rumpun Bajau Sama Sabah Cultural Center here.
Hajiji was commenting on a statement by GRS Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri, Dr Salleh Said Keruak, who suggested that GRS leaders take immediate steps to register the coalition as an official political coalition.
Salleh, who is also a member of the Usukan State Assembly, reportedly said it was a measure to strengthen the GRS that was formed in the state’s 16th election and that ‘it was necessary to avoid a rupture between the members of the coalition, in particular between BN and Perikatan Nasional (PN)
On Saturday, Bung Moktar, who is also the GRS Vice-Chairman 1, reportedly said the proposal to register the GRS as an official political coalition requires further study.
GRS is a coalition of parties in PN (Bersatu, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, Parti Progresif Sabah and PAS), BN (Umno, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah) and Parti Bersatu Sabah
Elaborating on the proposal to limit the post of chief minister of Sabah to two terms, Hajiji said the motion proposed at the Bersatu Division’s Annual Meeting in Sabah would be submitted to the government level for consideration after being agreed. at the level of the GRS component party. .
“The proposal will involve amendments to the Constitution of the State of Sabah, so this needs to be thoroughly considered by all parties, including the leadership of the GRS, only then can we take the next course of action,” he said. he declared.
In addition to the Bersatu Tuaran division, the motion was previously supported by the Kudat, Penampang, Papar, Kimanis, Tenom, Pensiangan, Ranau, Sandakan, Libaran, Batu Sapi and Tawau divisions.
Meanwhile, support for Bersatu in Sabah is increasing by leaps and bounds and this is evident in the number of people applying to join the party.
On Sunday, Hajiji received 800 membership application forms from people interested in Tuaran.
The nominations came from former Tuaran members of UPKO, the young Malaysian parliamentarian and former UPKO members Tambalugu.
Former Supreme Council member Lausop Bungkaris submitted the 400 forms on behalf of former Tuaran members of UPKO, while former youth leader Jo Sabastian, representing former UPKO Tambalugu, submitted 300 forms .
Mohd Shafik Sabdali from Malaysia Young parliamentarians submitted 100 forms.
The submission of membership forms was made after Hajiji, who is also the leader of Bersatu Tuaran, presided over the division’s annual congress of delegates which was held at the Pusat Kebudayaan Rumpun Bajau Sama Sabah in Tuaran on Sunday.
Also present were Deputy Chief of Bersatu Tuaran Datuk Abdul Kassim Razali and Deputy Chief Datuk Johari Saiman, Chief Srikandi Datin Jamaliah Antalip and Chief of Armada Mohammad Ghazali Hajiji.