KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s Labuk assemblyman Abdul Rahman Kongkawang has denied that he will be leaving Warisan as claimed in a Facebook post making the rounds, as speculation continues to swirl on elected representatives crossing over to the state opposition.
He told FMT he was still with the party which he joined last September but declined to comment any further.
“It’s not true. I’m still with Warisan,” he said when contacted about the post by “Jalil Sonyoto”.
Speculation that assemblymen in Warisan could jump ship to Sabah’s opposition camp – PPBM, Umno, PBS and STAR – has been brewing since mid-May, when several were absent from a show of support for Chief Minister Shafie Apdal.
The party’s Tanjung Kapur assemblyman Ben Chong was also linked to talk of crossovers following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan administration in February which left Sabah as an opposition state to the federal government.
The Warisan-led government took over the state after Upko abandoned Barisan Nasional in the wake of the 2018 general election.
Rahman was one of several assemblymen from Sabah Umno and PBS who subsequently joined Warisan.
The opposition in Sabah currently holds 17 seats compared to 47 held by the ruling parties.
It needs more than 33 seats in order to capture the state government.