Sabah PKR chief torn between Anwar and Shafie for prime minister


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Jul 2020

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left) and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew is torn between Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal – who could be the first Sabahan to be prime minister – and her political boss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, as Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the post.

Liew said all Sabahans felt honoured with the possibility of a Sabahan or Sarawakian being prime minister but added that Anwar was the designated Pakatan Harapan prime minister candidate “all the time”.

"It has been more than half a century and we finally have a Sabah leader with the qualities to lead the nation.

“Shafie is an experienced administrator at both Federal and state levels.

“He is a man of vision and mission. As Sabahans, we are happy to see this happening, ” Liew said during an evening discussion over Facebook hosted by Conan Teo on Tuesday (June 30).

Also in the 90-minute discussion were Warisan vice-president Datuk Junz Wong and Warisan women’s youth deputy chief Joanna Rampas.

Liew, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, said that as a Sabahan, she personally welcomed the proposal for Shafie to be nominated prime minister as she believed that many Federal-state issues could be resolved with a Sabahan at the helm at Federal level.

Liew also said that Anwar was equally qualified and capable for the prime minister’s job.

She said that Sabah PKR was consistent in its stand that Anwar should be prime minister, in line with Pakatan’s decision that Anwar should be given the nation’s top job.

“PKR, DAP and Amanah and also Sabah PKR have been consistent in supporting the choice of Anwar," she said.

Describing the issue as an internal dispute within Pakatan, Liew hoped the national coalition would resolve the matter and make clear its choice of candidate for prime minister.

Liew, the Sabah Pakatan chairman, said she hoped that both DAP and Amanah would decide on the new development and bring it to the Pakatan council and make a final decision.

"I've been communicating with Anwar and we (Sabah PKR) are waiting for component parties at headquarters level to make a final decision," said Liew.

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