PASIR GUDANG: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal came to Johor to appeal to Sabahans working in Peninsular Malaysia to return to vote during the general election.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president pointed out that places like Pasir Gudang, Johor, Shah Alam, Selangor and Penang, had large numbers of Sabahans living and working there.
“I urge all of you who are voters in Sabah to return home and let your vote make a difference for the future of Sabah.
“If you are no longer voting in Sabah, it’s alright, but make sure you inform all your relatives and friends in Sabah to vote for Warisan,” he said during a ceramah at Pangsapuri Masai in Pasir Gudang, on Wednesday evening.
Almost 400 people, mostly Sabahans, attended the event.
Mohd Shafie pledged to create more jobs in Sabah for locals if Warisan managed to wrest control of the state from Barisan Nasional.
“Our state has so much natural resources but our people can’t find enough jobs and are forced to travel to Peninsular Malaysia to find work,” he said.
Although Warisan is not part of Pakatan Harapan, Mohd Shafie said they shared similar goals.
“Both are willing to work together because we love Malaysia. We want to improve the quality of life of the rakyat together,” he said.
He went on to officially launch the first Warisan branch in Pasir Gudang.
Other speakers at the event included Pasir Gudang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia division chief Dr Hashim Yusoff and DAP Johor Jaya assemblyman Liow Cai Tung.
Separately, Warisan is expected to contest up to 17 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah in its “done deal” electoral pact with DAP and PKR.
Sabah DAP will be getting three parliamentary seats while Sabah PKR is expected to get five in a deal some sources say has yet to be finalised. Warisan is expected to contest up to 45 of the 60 state seats, DAP seven and PKR eight seats while Parti Amanah Negara will not get any, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Though Mohd Shafie described the negotiations as a “done deal”, many party members, particularly in PKR, were still in the dark.
According to the sources, Warisan and DAP had firmed up their deal with DAP taking the Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tenom parliamentary seats along with seven state seats – Likas, Luyang, Kapayan, Elopura, Tanjong Papat, Sri Tanjong and interior Bingkor.
However Warisan and PKR were still fine-tuning their seat arrangement.
Sabah PKR members claimed that their state chairman Christina Liew, who is Api Api assemblyman, has yet to give them the full picture of the negotiations.
It was learned that Liew was toying with the idea of shifting to the Tawau parliamentary seat but might also keep her current one.
Talk has it that the Inanam state seat, held by PKR’s Roland Chia, might be offered to Warisan’s deputy president Darell Leiking.
Chia, whose relations with Liew have been strained, is likely to be dropped, according to sources.