SANDAKAN: The MCA has taken a dig at Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who has set a "loyalty" criterion in order to be a party candidate in the coming state election.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh said almost all the leaders in Warisan had records of joining other parties.
"Let me reiterate that the Warisan-led state government was formed in 2018 after six Barisan Nasional state assemblymen defected," he said.
Chew, who is Batu Sapi MCA chief, also singled out Warisan Penampang MP Darrel Leiking.
"He talks about betrayal of voters but he ignored the fact that he has betrayed PKR.
"He jumped from PKR to contest as a candidate under Warisan in 2018 and he talks about loyalty.
"We can say that he wasn't loyal to PKR," he said.
Chew said Warisan should put a stop to all allegations of party hopping when it had encouraged such practices.
"Don't talk about the use of money to buy over elected representatives because the same allegations would also be posed to Warisan," he said.
The Sabah state elections were called after former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman failed in his attempt to topple Shafie, through defections from various parties.
Governor Tan Sri Juhar Mahiruddin then dissolved the state assembly.
Chew also criticised non-governmental organisations for criticising Musa's plan, saying these groups and individuals were strangely silent when Shafie formed his government through defections.
"Where were these holier-than-thou NGOs when Barisan state assemblymen crossed over to Warisan?
"They should have been just as vocal then in 2018," he said in a statement.
Chew urged these NGOs to ask Shafie if money was used to get the six Barisan assemblymen to join the Warisan state government then.
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