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KOTA KINABALU, May 12 — Sabah Govenor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin has summoned members of Parti Warisan Sabah and its Pakatan Harapan (PH) associates to the state palace here at 9pm, the party’s deputy president Darell Leiking told Malay Mail today.
He believes that the summons are for the swearing-in ceremony of a new state chief minister, replacing Tan Sri Musa Aman of the Barisan Nasional (BN) and to recognise a new state government pact.
The Warisan-PH now has the support of at least 35 state seats after six BN assemblyman crossed over in the last 48 hours.
Asked about Musa’s position, Leiking said the Sabah BN chief should step down. There has yet to be official news of his resignation.
“He should follow the law because he doesn’t command the majority of the House anymore.
“Musa should do the right thing for the sake of Sabah, and not to think of his own personal ego,” Leiking said.
National news wire Bernama earlier reported palace sources confirming that a ceremony will be held at 9pm, hinting at a swearing-in of a new chief minister,
The report also said Musa had met with the head of state at 10am today.
After the GE14 results were tallied, the Warisan-PKR-DAP pact were tied with BN at 29 state seats each while Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) secured two seats.
STAR ended up siding with BN and subsequently, Musa was sworn in as the chief minister on Thursday night.
However, two members from UPKO and four members from Umno later jumped ship, taking away Musa’s majority.
The six BN assemblymen who switched allegiances were Tanjong Batu assemblyman Datuk Hamisa Samat (Umno), Sebatik assemblyman Datuk Abdul Muis Picho (Umno), Paginatan assemblyman Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Upko), Kadamaian assemblyman Ewon Benedick (Upko), Kemabong assemblyman Datuk Jamawi Jaafar (Umno) and Balung assemblyman Datuk Osman Jamal.
Party reps say more are expected to join soon.