According to official results announced on September 27 morning, Muhyiddin’s Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) alliance won 38 of the 73 seats up for grabs in the September 26 election, narrowly taking control of the previously opposition-held state.

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Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Bung Moktar Radin (in white) declared that Gabungan Rakyat Sabah has garnered the simple majority of 37 to form the next state government. (Photo: The Star/ Asia News Network)

Rival Parti Warisan Sabah and its allies, which was the incumbent Sabah government, won 32 seats.

The Sabah victory would help strengthen Muhyiddin's bid in defending his premiership against Datuk Seri Anwar, who said on September 23 that he has the numbers to form the next federal government. However, Muhyiddin affirmed that he is still the legal prime minister of Malaysia, the position he has held since March.

Muhyiddin, in a statement after the results were announced, said the victory showed that voters trusted GRS, and asked his alliance to fulfill its promises.

According to analysts, while the Sabah election outcome does not directly affect the balance of power at the national level, it was a key test of Muhyiddin’s popularity.

Source: VNA