KOTA KINABALU: It's time Sabah or Sarawak is given the deputy prime minister position, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
However, the Sabah Chief Minister said that he has no intention to take up the post as Pakatan Harapan wrangle over who their next prime minister candidate would be.
“There have been a lot of suggestions even from the current government. I’m not running for any kind of posts (at the federal level), for me, my mind is on administering Sabah and focus on its development, ” he said.
Shafie’s name has recently surfaced as a potential candidate for the deputy prime minister post if Pakatan is able to resolve the choice of prime minister in the event they are able to topple the Perikatan Nasional government.
Speaking to reporters after launching the second Sabah Covid-19 RM240mil stimulus package on Thursday (June 18), he said that he was not running for any post at the national level and was focused on the development of the state.
However, Shafie said that it was about time for Sabah and Sarawak to be given the senior post after 57 years in the federation.
“Sabah and Sarawak have been waiting for almost 60 years but not even one has been made deputy prime minister, ” he said, saying that some peninsula leaders have been waiting for more than 10 to 20 years for the similar top positions in the country.
He said that it was time for leaders of the two states to get a chance to be prime minister and deputy prime minister.
“It does not have to be me. There are others who are qualified from Sarawak also. But that is up to them, my focus is to run the state and unite Sabahans, ” he said.
Shafie’s Parti Warisan Sabah is not part of Pakatan but remains strongly committed to the coalition that defeated Barisan Nasional during the 2018 general election.
Pakatan lost its grip of the Federal Government earlier this year through defections to the newly formed Perikatan government.
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