KOTA KINABALU: Fight all you want but don't use racial or religious sentiments to gain votes in the state during campaigning for the Kimanis by-election - this is the message by Sabah Chief Minister Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to the Opposition.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president said the Opposition should not break Sabahans and use sentiments that can break the unity in the state.
He was responding to a question that there were talks that this by-election is a fight between Filipinos (Warisan) and Malaysians (Barisan Nasional).
“What Filipinos? I am a Sabahan, I am a Malaysian,” Shafie said when launching a new Warisan branch office for Kg Kelatuan in Bongawan on Sunday (Jan 5).
Opposition parties have allegedly claimed that Warisan is a pro-Filipino and pro-immigrant party as Shafie is fom Semporna where many Suluk descents reside in.
Shafie said the issues relating to the Sabah Temporary Passes (PSS) have also been played up, while there have been claims that more than 600,000 illegal immigrants entered Sabah over the past 19 months since Warisan came into power.
“Does this make sense?” Shafie asked, adding that he as the Chief Minister has no power to issue citizenship or identification cards to anyone because all those are processed by Federal agencies.
He said he is from Semporna and Semporna has always been under the attack of pirates (and cross border criminals), so why would he want to give documents and make Abu Sayyaf criminals, Malaysians.
After the launching, he also accepted the Warisan membership application from a total of 110 former Umno members.
Earlier, Shafie also touched on several achievements he has seen since taking office following GE14, including the state's ability to pay a RM1bil debt, stopping export of logging and ceasing gambling licenses among others.
He said the people of Sabah need to think of their future and that Barisan, having been in power for over 50 years here, has failed to deliver what it should for Sabah.
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