Shafie hints at Warisan alone in GE15
KOTA KINABALU: Warisan Party may contest upcoming 15th general election alone, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He added, however, that the door is still open for collaboration with the Bersatu Sabah Party (PBS) in the polls.
“As I mentioned, we will accept PBS as a partner,” President Warisan said after walking around Foh Sang morning market in Luyang on Saturday July 16.
“But we can’t force it if they (PBS) don’t want to. What’s important is that we want the voices of Malaysians in Sabah as well as the rights of Sabah to be heard and protected” , added Shafie.
Shafie previously said that Warisan was not afraid to work with PBS as it was a local party, but this was denied by PBS Chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili.
Ongkili added that his party appreciated Warisan’s gesture.
Shafie also said that Warisan is potentially looking for seats to compete in Peninsular Malaysia.
“That should be enough for us. If I worked with Barisan Nasional, surely they would want seats (and likewise) with Pakatan, parties like PKR, DAP, Upko and Amanah and the United Democratic Alliance of Malaysia (Muda) would also want seats,” he said. -he adds.
“We only have 25 parliamentary seats here (in Sabah) so in the end, because of seat sharing, we will only get (something like) six seats while the others will collectively get 19,” said the deputy for Semporna.
Shafie said he was disappointed with promises made in Sabah that were not kept, such as the election promise of 20% oil royalties when his party was previously part of the Pakatan government.
Targeting DAP leaders, he claimed a request by the late Steven Wong – the former MP for Sandakan – to upgrade his constituency’s airport had never materialized.
“Guan Eng was Finance Minister while (DAP General Secretary) Anthony Loke was Transport Minister (at the time),” he said.
Shafie said that although DAP remained hopeful of cooperating with Warisan for GE15, he maintained that the party had however insisted that it should be on their terms when it was supposed to be a two-way street.
He added that he hopes local parties in Sabah can finally come together to work with each other for the betterment of the state.
“It will take time and it will not be easy. But we have to start the work now. I know this may not come true in my period, but I am doing this for generations to come. We have to start the fight because Malaysia is a multiracial country,” Shafee said.
“How can you unite Malaysians? Right now we’re playing the race and religion card, but is that the right way forward? We need to instill unity,” he added.