Shafie stays busy, meets new state police chief

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) is keeping himself busy in his office as speculation swirled in Putrajaya on which way his Parti Warisan Sabah will sway.

The Chief Minister and Warisan president received a courtesy call from newly-appointed Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass and several state Cabinet members who included his deputy and Sabah Pakatan Harapan chief Datuk Christina Liew.

A news portal misreported that he was in meetings with Umno, PAS, Bersatu, PAS and Sarawak leaders.

“It is work as usual, he has no immediate plans or scheduled trips to Kuala Lumpur, ” said an official in his office.

He said with the current political situation in Putrajaya, there were many “spins” about Warisan and Shafie’s stand.

He said Shafie had made it clear that Warisan was behind interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wanted him to complete his full term.

“If there is a fresh development or shift (in our stand), the media will be told in due course, ” he said.

Pakatan Harapan-friendly Warisan and Parti Upko have 10 parliamentary seats and are being wooed by political powers seeking to gain a majority in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat.

With horse trading at its peak, it is learnt that Umno and even Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia have reached out to Warisan leaders to seek support.

However, sources in Warisan insisted that the party would work with the Federal Government of the day and its current stand was for Dr Mahathir to remain in the seat of power.

Amid the flurry of speculation, local Warisan leaders remain upbeat that Dr Mahathir will cobble together a government made up of various parties.

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