"He Has Declared War On Us" – Bung Moktar Claims GRS Has Broken Their Deal With BN

The Sabah UMNO chief said that Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) had initially promised their support for Barisan Nasional (BN).

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Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) may have burnt its bridges with Barisan Nasional (BN), and especially with Sabah UMNO chief Bung Moktar Radin

As the 15th General Election (GE15) has resulted in a hung parliament for all participating coalitions, Perikatan Nasional (PN) decided to gain the support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and GRS to form the next Malaysian government. 

With PN winning 73 seats and GPS and GRS obtaining a combined total of 28 seats, the allegiance still doesn't have enough seats to form a government.

Seizing the opportunity, all three coalitions have joined hands, much to the disagreement of Bung Moktar.

Bung Moktar leaving the World Trade Center (WTC) Kuala Lumpur building on Sunday, 20 November.

Image via Hari Anggara/Malay Mail

According to Bung, BN and GRS had entered into a "pre-election" agreement that the Sabah coalition would support BN

Following a report by Malay Mail, the Sabah UMNO chief claimed that the GRS chairperson, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Noor, had not discussed his plans of merging with PN beforehand and therefore broke his promise with BN.

Before GE15, the promise was that GRS would contest 13 while BN contested 12 parliamentary seats. However, now with GRS joining hands with PN, and speculations that is BN planning to merge with PH, the prior relationship between BN and GRS appears to be fragmented now.

"He has broken the deal, he has declared war on us," Bung said.

According to New Straits Times, Hajiji was seen meeting with Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) president Datuk Peter Anthony and KDM member of parliament (MP) Datuk Wetrom Bahanda, independent Kudat MP Datuk Verdon Bahanda, and Tenom MP Riduan Rubin at PN chairman Tan Seri Datuk Haji Muhyiddin Md Yassin's residence, on Sunday night, 20 November.

GRS chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Noor.

Image via Bernama/Malay Mail

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