KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is enjoying the political stability that’s vital for the well-being of all – thanks to the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) administration.
That was the verdict of Tan Sri TC Goh, president of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS).
He said the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor, who is also GRS chairman, was crucial to the current stable situation in the state.
“He (Hajiji) is a seasoned politician and a capable leader. And, his multi-racial and people-friendly approach of governance clearly makes him very popular with the people,” said Goh who is also president of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong).
Goh added that the state’s current stability was also partly due to the anti-hopping law which was gazetted on June 15.
The Anti-Party Hopping Bill was tabled by the Chief Minister at the State Legislative Assembly in May.
“And, with no election due until 2025, the state administration has two years to work without hindrance.
“Both the state and federal governments should complete their full terms without calling early elections. I think the people are tired of political upheavals in the last few years,” the Huazong chief said.
According to Dr Oh Ei Sun, principal adviser at the Pacific Research Centre of Malaysia, Hajiji’s opponents would find him formidable at the next election because he was capable of putting together a large ruling coalition even in the most adverse of political situations.
“In that sense, he (Hajiji) has been underrated,” said Dr Oh who is also a Senior Fellow at Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
Dr Oh also said the GRS may even consider contesting all 73 state seats up for grabs if it believed it could win them by going it alone.
Meanwhile Goh didn’t rule out the possibility of opposition Warisan teaming up with Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) to take on GRS at the next election.
“But I believe the people of Sabah are wise enough to decide for themselves when the time comes,” he said.