Shafie doubts Warisan can stabilise Fed Govt


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  • Sunday, 08 Mar 2020

Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (centre) asks whether joining the Perikatan Nasional government will bring stability to the federal government.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has voiced doubts whether the new Federal Government would definitely stabilise if the party were to shift its support to Perikatan Nasional.

“Do you think the whole of Malaysia will stabilise if I rethink our position? No, it won’t stabilise immediately, ” said Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie

Apdal.

Shafie, who is Chief Minister, was responding to media queries about opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili’s call to Warisan to consider changing its stand and fully support the Perikatan Nasional government.

“Why do we have to rethink? I don’t want the (national) political illness to spread to Sabah. We should not place importance on positions and ranks, ” he told reporters after launching a Sabah Health Carnival here.

“I do not want to follow the political waves happening there (Peninsular Malaysia). We have to stop this culture of political jumping from one party to another. We don’t need this culture.

“What are we trying to teach our grandchildren with this sort of lompat (jumping) culture?

“We must have strong values in what we do and what we stand for, ” he said, adding that some politicians had crossed over four times in one day.

He said Sabah under the Warisan coalition government was stable and had already worked with the former Pakatan Harapan national government on development plans.

The state, he said, would continue to cooperate with the Federal Government for the benefit of the state and country.

“We already have an established working formula with the Federal Government and their agencies here. We have to work with them. What is important is for us to work for the people and country, not personal politics, ” he said.

Warisan, which was Pakatan-friendly, had decided to stay put with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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