GE15: GRS will support a coalition that brings stability and benefit to Sabah, says Hajiji

KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) says it will work with whichever coalition forms the Federal Government.

GRS chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said from the results received after midnight on Sunday (Nov 20), GRS, Sabah Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional have 14 seats in total.

Two Independents and a Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Malaysia (KDM) MP are also said to be GRS-friendly.

“So I have discussed with Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg and we have decided to work with a government that can bring political stability to Sabah and the country,” he told a press conference early Sunday.

He said the seats won by GRS, Sabah Barisan and Perikatan in Sabah will be brought in to support a government that would bring benefit to Sabah.

Hajiji said the call with Abang Johari was also to discuss the possibility of working together as a Borneo bloc.

“We want a stable federal and state government,” he stressed.

On which coalition or party GRS was looking at supporting, he said it would be discussed further but the decision would definitely be to Sabah’s benefit.

Hajiji said, however, he was unable to give a definite answer as results for all the parliamentary seats have yet to be announced.

“We will issue another statement once the official results are out,” he said.

He added that any coalition that sought to cooperate with the proposed Borneo bloc had to offer something concrete to Sabah and Sarawak.

His GRS colleague Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the overriding decision must take into account Sabah’s interests first and any party that can offer them that would be seriously considered.

Asked if GRS’ decision would depend on which coalition had the highest numbers, Hajiji said “not yet”.