Sabah state assemblymen were allegedly offered up to RM32 mil each as an inducement to defect and support former chief minister Musa Aman as well as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said Pakatan Harapan (PH).
The sum, together with the promise of the deputy chief minister post, were promises used to entice state elected representatives towards Musa, the PH presidential council said in a July 30 statement signed by component party leaders, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.
“Pakatan Harapan expresses its full and undivided support to Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to oppose the evil, undemocratic and immoral attempt to overthrow the state government by buying elected representatives,” PH said.
“Only the people will be able to defeat the evil coup that was launched by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, with the full support of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.
“Pakatan Harapan strongly condemns the treacherous politics carried out by Tan Sri Musa Aman, the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Perikatan Nasional, as well as the offer of up to RM32 million each, together with the offer of the post of Deputy Chief Minister,” added the coalition.
PH described the attempted coup during the Covid-19 pandemic as irresponsible.
“It seems that public health is not a priority over efforts to seize rank and power.
“We call on the people of Sabah to support Datuk Seri Shafie and his allies in the next state election, to reset national politics by upholding principled politics and restore the mandate of the people where the power of the people is the determining factor, compared the power of the ringgit,” the statement read.
Shafie announced the dissolution of the legislative assembly earlier today to pave the way for a state election which has to be held within 60 days.
He made the announcement today at the Sabah State Administrative Centre in Kota Kinabalu after obtaining a signed letter of consent from Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Juhar Mahiruddin.
This was after Musa announced he had secured the support of enough lawmakers to form a simple majority in the state assembly and could consequently take over the state government.