GRS says no war with Sabah BN, wants to stay allies

GRS information chief Joniston Bangkuai says his coalition will continue cooperating with Sabah BN in administering the state. – Screenshot, November 23, 2022.

GABUNGAN Rakyat Sabah (GRS) information chief Joniston Bangkuai is confident that the GRS and Barisan Nasional (BN) administration will remain intact to govern the state. 

He said the GRS-BN administration has shown compatibility, effectiveness, and efficiency in the two years of governing the state and it should not be disturbed. 

“Hence, I am sure the GRS-BN government will remain intact because, in the end, the most important thing is the interest of the people and the state. It has been proven that (GRS-BN) is the best government. 

“If it is the best, why should we want to see it disrupted?” he said in a press conference for the 2022 Community-Based Tourism Roadshow programme at the Sabah Tourism Board Office in Kota Kinabalu today. 

Joniston, who is also Sabah’s assistant tourism, culture and environment minister, reiterated that there is no war between GRS and Sabah BN. 

Yesterday, GRS chairman Hajiji Mohd Noor strongly rejected an allegation that the coalition has declared war against Sabah BN, its partner in the state government, because there was no reason or need to do so, given that GRS went to the field to campaign for BN candidates for the recently concluded general election. 

The Sabah chief minister also expressed hope that GRS and Sabah BN would continue to cooperate in administering the state, in line with the mandate given by the people in the 2020 state elections to form the GRS-BN government. 

On Monday, Sabah BN chairman Bung Moktar Radin was reported as saying that GRS’ announcement of support for Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin to be appointed as the new prime minister breached an agreement between the two coalitions and amounted to a declaration of war. – Bernama, November 23, 2022.

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