KOTA KINABALU: As the campaign for the Sabah polls heats up, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) heads into the stronghold of Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief Datuk Hajiji Noor, telling voters here to cut the entry of "peninsular parties".
"You see him serve this place for many years and on top of that, he also provided a bridge to KL (parties).
"So, let us show them that the white wave has come and we know that we have a far more experienced candidate and he is able to deliver services to people in Sulaman," said Shafie, in reference to Parti Warisan Sabah's trademark white colour.
Shafie was speaking to reporters after delivering a ceramah on Wednesday (Sept 16) night at the Sulaman constituency, which Hajiji has held for six times since 1990.
Shafie also appeared unfazed over Perikatan Nasional ministers campaigning for Opposition candidates, saying he's confident that Sabahans are politically mature enough to decide for themselves.
"They feel it's time to make a decision and make a change. Enough is enough. It doesn't mean that if they are not supporting the Federal Government, then development in Sabah cannot be continued."
The Warisan president and caretaker chief minister said it is the federal government's obligation to ensure development in Sabah, as it is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
"Building schools and roads is part and parcel of what they must do for Sabah. It shouldn't be based on differing political beliefs," he added.
The upcoming Sept 26 polls will feature 447 candidates slugging it out in 73 state constituencies across Sabah.
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