MCA to Dr M, Shafie: Warisan govt was built through defections in 2018

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  • Tuesday, 04 Aug 2020

SANDAKAN: MCA has reminded Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal that the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state government was formed through defections in 2018.

The party's central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh (pic) said the two leaders were now taking the "high moral ground" over the defections.

"It smacks of hypocrisy because if it were not for the defections of the six Barisan Nasional state assemblymen, who were voted in on BN tickets, the BN state government would not have collapsed in 2018.

"It was Shafie who lured the six to jump ship," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 4).

Chew said it was hypocritical of these defectors, including those from the United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko), to now stand next to Shafie at press conferences to talk about "political frogs" when they were the biggest frogs of 2018.

The Batu Sapi MCA division chief said Dr Mahathir was now making allegations about the state assemblymen who quit supporting Shafie to back former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

"Dr Mahathir should ask what his stand is on those who jumped from BN to Warisan?

"Dr Mahathir and Shafie gladly welcomed them with open arms then.

"They didn't say anything about political principles or money politics or that these assemblymen were bought," he said.

Chew said the two also didn't talk about laws to prevent party-hopping then.

He urged Sabahans to evaluate the performance of the Warisan state government.

"Sabah depends on the good relationship with the Federal Government.

"It is clear that Sabahans will lose out if we are seen to be antagonistic to the Federal Government."

Chew also reminded Dr Mahathir that the latter was allegedly implicated in the controversy over Project M or Project IC, the alleged systematic granting of citizenship to foreigners to turn them into voters in 1994 to topple the Parti Bersatu Sabah government.

On July 30, Shafie announced the dissolution of the state legislative assembly after attempts were made to overthrow the Warisan state government with elected representatives switching sides.

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