KOTA KINABALU: Upko president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau is calling on all state representatives from Sabah and Sarawak to support the proposal to name Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as Malaysia’s ninth Prime Minister.
Madius, who is Tuaran MP, said if Sabah and Sarawak truly believe that they are equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia in this federation, there is no reason why they won’t support the proposal.
He said when Perikatan Nasional took over the country’s governance, Upko still believed and supported former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as prime minister.
“But now, there’s a proposal to have Shafie become the ninth Prime Minister, so I humbly seek the support of all state representatives from Sabah and Sarawak to support this proposal,” he said in a statement on Sunday (June 28).
This comes after Dr Mahathir said that Pakatan Harapan Plus has agreed to a proposal to have Shafie as the ninth Prime Minister, with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the deputy prime ministers, in a decision supposedly made during an informal meeting on June 25.
Madius said although this proposal was informal and the meeting was not earlier known to Upko, they have no reason to say no to the suggestion.
He hopes that rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be fulfilled once a Sabahan becomes the prime minister.
Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy chief for Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun when asked to comment on the matter, said the announcement by Dr Mahathir is not official and thus any questions on it are considered premature.
“It does not warrant any response at this point of time,” he said.
Former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee suggested for Shafie to resign as chief minister if he was serious about wanting to become prime minister.
He said Shafie has until July 12 to tender his resignation as Sabah CM because his bid to become prime minister will meet the deadline on July 13 when Parliament meets.
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