Sabah State Legislative Assembly dissolved amidst attempt to form new government

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shafieKOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on Thursday (July 30) announced the dissolution of the state legislative assembly following the consent from Yang DiPertua Negeri (TYT) Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the istana this morning.

Shafie Apdal had met with Tun Juhar Mahiruddin following former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman’s announcement that he had the numbers to form a state government with a simple majority.

The meeting was also due to attempts made to overthrow the current state government with elected representatives switching sides.

Meanwhile in a press conference held at the Sabah Administrative Centre building here on Thursday, Shafie said he had met Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the istana this morning, who gave his consent to the dissolution of the state assembly.

“I am aware of the economic uncertainties, the Covid-19 issue we are facing, and tomorrow is Hari Raya Aidiladha, but I have decided to apply to dissolve the state assembly.

“The law states the Chief Minister of the day can request for such dissolution, and under the state constitution, the governor has the authority to dissolve or not.

“I met TYT last night (July 29) to express our intention, and then we made preparations, so this morning I went to istana and he approved it.

“I think it’s time for us to return the mandate to Sabah people,” he told the reporters.

In another development, the government of Sabah had released“government news” relating to the dissolution of the state legislative assembly (DUN) Sabah as reported by Bernama.

In the statement, State Government Secretary, Datuk Safar Untong said, the news mentioned that Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahirudin has implemented his authority under Clause (2) Article 21-Sabah State Constitution to declare the 15th DUN Sabah is dissolved today (Thursday July 30).

The news also said that the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal had obeyed the order. –Malaysia World News


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