KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah claims the recent arrest of one of its vice-presidents will not have a negative impact on the party.
Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said on the contrary, the detention of Datuk Peter Anthony would make the members “more determined”.
“Before this, there have also been numerous personal attacks against me. All these allegations are making our members stronger and more united.
“We are now even more focused on what we need to do and that is to take on Barisan Nasional in the coming general polls,” he said.
Mohd Shafie likened Anthony’s arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as a “witch hunt”.
“It looks like there are some who are very afraid of Warisan’s growing influence in Sabah.
“We are not about to give up or run away and instead will take on this challenge. Our supporters know the actual situation.
“Sabahans know why the MACC is knocking on our doors, but this does not mean we will give up. Nothing will stop us and we will remain steadfast in our struggles,” Mohd Shafie said.
He urged all party members and supporters to remain calm and not do anything which could jeopardise the party.
“Under the law, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
“I know for sure that he (Anthony) did nothing wrong. They’re just trying to break us, but we will not bow to pressure,” he added.
On Thursday, Anthony, 46, was arrested over alleged siphoning of some RM1.5bil for federal projects worth RM7.5bil between 2009 and 2015.
The MACC also detained a 52-year-old contractor and a 40-year-old civil servant to assist in the investigation.
The arrests came after anti-graft officers raided 15 premises in Sabah and froze bank accounts with almost RM180mil as part of its statewide probe.
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