Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) will continue to act as the opposition leader in the state legislative assembly, even though Sungai Sibuga assemblyman Tan Sri Musa Aman has turned up.
“I am the acting opposition chief in Musa’s absence,” he told reporters, when asked about his position on Tuesday (April 16).
Musa was appointed the Opposition chief, but was absent for 11 months after being ousted from office on May 11 last year.
The former chief minister was made opposition leader when Sabah Umno had 12 assemblymen and the party teamed up with Parti Bersatu Sabah (six assemblymen) and Sabah STAR (two assemblymen) to form the opposition bloc under Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS).
However, all Sabah Umno assemblymen, except for Musa, left the party to join various parties including Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, leaving Umno with only one representative.
PBS with its five representatives is now the largest opposition bloc, followed by Sabah STAR (three assemblymen) and Musa from Umno in the 60-member house.
PBS Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the speaker would be clarifying who held the position of opposition leader.
However, Bangkuai did not dispute Dr Jeffrey’s statement.
Earlier during the assembly sitting, Dr Jeffrey welcomed Musa as the state opposition leader.
Since the May 9 general election last year, Sabah’s political dynamics have rapidly changed with the Parti Warisan Sabah-led coalition government now commanding 51 of the 60 state seats, following crossovers and the entry of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Bersatu.
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