KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is happy with the performance of federal ministers from Sabah, saying that they have done what they should for the benefit of the state.
The chief minister said as federal ministers, their priority was the country.
“However, it is normal that they highlight issues that are relevant and of concern to Sabah and their constituencies during Cabinet meetings.
“What is important for us is we build the country, we build the nation, ” he said after launching a National Day event at Sutera Harbour Resort here yesterday.
Shafie said whatever differences in view leaders might have, that should not deter Malaysians from working harder.
“Views raised are for the betterment of the country, ” he said.
A local newspaper had carried a report purportedly quoting the Prime Minister as saying that Sabah federal ministers did
not highlight state concerns including Jawi calligraphy, the appointment of Universiti Malaysia Sabah vice-chancellor and departure levy.
Two federal ministers – Datuk Darell Leiking and Datuk Liew Vui Keong – said the newspaper was erroneous in quoting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who never said as such.
Shafie said as for the state, they brought up the issues of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 in numerous meetings with Dr Mahathir.
Shafie said the MA63 meetings were ongoing and hoped certain announcements would be made soon.
“There are issues that we have realised.
“I hope they will be announced in this coming (Malaysia Day) celebration but I think what’s important for us is we build the country, ” he said.
On the possibility of a by-election in the Kimanis parliamentary seat, the Parti Warisan Sabah president said it was best to allow the parties involved to appeal first.
“Let them appeal and we will decide after all the process are over, ” he said.