KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has become a victim of "power play" at the federal level, says Tan Sri Bernard Dompok (pic).
The former chief minister also claimed the state has become the "theatre of war" among Putrajaya political elites in their quest for power to control the country.
The Upko honorary president said this in a YouTube video uploaded Wednesday (Sept 23) by the party's information chief Albert Bingkasan.
In saying Malaysia is now a "troubled nation", Dompok said Malaysians first voted for a change in federal government in 2018 but the country's administration has degenerated into a "backdoor government".
"Today, because of the instability in Kuala Lumpur, they have come to Sabah to get the support of Sabahans.
"Now, we have an election in Sabah. What is at stake is the soul of the nation," he said.
The former Vatican City ambassador said everything was being thrown at the people of Sabah just to get votes.
"You're talking about intimidation, about enticing people with prospects of participation in the federal government.
"And you are even peddling with resources that were taken from Sabah," he added.
Dompok further claimed that the federal government has resorted to threatening the people with curtailment of development funds.
In the video, he threw his support behind caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and urged the people to continue choosing Warisan Plus in the state polls this weekend.
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