KOTA KINABALU: A Sabahan as prime minister is most welcome, but Sabah MCA says it doubts the sincerity of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in proposing Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the prime minister candidate of the Opposition.
Sabah MCA treasurer Chin Kim Hiung said Dr Mahathir’s proposal that the Chief Minister and Parti Warisan Sabah president is made the Opposition's choice for the post raised the question whether it was something that would be honoured or just a political move to gain the support of Sabah and Sarawak MPs.
He said Dr Mahathir did not fulfil the promises made by Pakatan Harapan to Sabah and Sarawak when he was the prime minister before he resigned in March.
“His latest move appears to have an ulterior motive because when he was the 7th Prime Minister, not only were the promises made not fulfilled but he was a stumbling block to the efforts, ” he said on Thursday (July 2).
Chin said Pakatan gave the Sabah people false hope with its promises of increasing the oil royalty to 20% and honouring the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“After they were given the mandate by the people, they did not honour them, ” he said.
According to Chin, this latest promise to make a Sabahan a prime minister was the latest of many unfulfilled promises by the former premier.
“Without a party, Dr Mahathir’s decision does carry any weight because his announcement without consultation with his Pakatan Plus allies was done unilaterally, ” he observed.
Chin also asked why DAP leaders kept quiet after the party was left out in the proposal for deputy prime minister, considering they were the largest partner in Pakatan Plus with 42 MPs.
“They should request the creation of additional deputy prime minister posts for one of their leaders so that they can champion the interests of the Malaysian Chinese community, which the party claimed it has been doing all along, ” he said.
Shafie, whose Warisan party is not a member of the Pakatan, has said that he needed time to think about the proposal and would discuss the matter with his party colleagues.
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