KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — As his Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) claimed early victory with 37 seats in the state election, Umno’s Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted his thanks to Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for a “well fought campaign”.
Despite being on opposite sides in the country’s fast-changing political landscape, the federal science and technology minister still called Shafie his “friend”.
“Thank you to @mohdshafieapdal (Shafie) for a well fought campaign. You will always be my friend.
“The voters of Sabah have spoken. We must do justice to their hopes of a fairer union. Radu (fight) until win,” Khairy posted on his official Twitter account.
Thank you to @mohdshafieapdal for a well fought campaign. You will always be my friend. The voters of Sabah have spoken. We must do justice to their hopes of a fairer union. Radu sampai menang.
— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) September 26, 2020
The Opposition GRS alliance comprises Barisan Nasional (BN) parties, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition and local-based Parti Bersatu Sabah.
Sabah BN chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and PN sectretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin both declared victory for GRS, even as the Election Commission continued to tally the votes.
Unofficial results as at 9.30pm showed GRS won a simple majority of 37 seats in the 73-seat Sabah assembly.
If it succeeds in capturing 49 seats, it would have two-thirds control of the state legislature, which would enable it to amend the state constitution.