KOTA KINABALU: After being accused of being a Trojan Horse aimed at splitting the Opposition vote in the general election, Parti Warisan has asked DAP to look at itself.
Warisan said it had stuck to its principles, and stayed away both from the ‘Sheraton Move’ and the signing of the bipartisan memorandum of understanding with Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government.
“It was Pakatan Harapan leaders – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng – who refused to listen to Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s advice not to sign the MOU,” Warisan secretary-general Datuk Loretto Padua said.
The war of words between the two Opposition parties worsened after state DAP chairman Datuk Frankie Poon blamed Warisan president and then chief minister Shafie for the supposed lack of progress in empowering Sabah.
He also hit out at Shafie for blaming DAP and PKR without mentioning then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Padua said that even though the 2020 Sheraton Move happened, Shafie and Warisan did not conspire with either Umno or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
Shafie was even offered “a very important post” by Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin who was the prime minister at the time, Padua said.
“This stand by Shafie is quite different from Pakatan leaders like Anwar and Guan Eng who were willing to abandon their principles to sign the MOU with the Ismail Sabri government,” said Padua.
“They claim it was to maintain stability in politics, push for reforms and help people affected by the Covid 19-pandemic although Warisan feels the opposition bloc can carry out its duties perfectly, supporting where needed.
“As a result of the arrogance of Pakatan’s own leaders, the so-called political stability has become worse with Umno now in power and forcing elections during the monsoon season,” he added.
He said Sabah Pakatan assemblymen, who were part of Shafie’s state cabinet, were also ready to sign the MOU with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-Barisan Nasional government which toppled the Warisan-Pakatan-Upko government in September 2020.
“Where is Pakatan’s dignity and credibility? Who is the real Trojan Horse here?” Padua said.
Shafie had earlier accused DAP and PKR of failing to deliver their promises on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) during Pakatan’s two years in government.
Padua said Lim, as then Finance Minister, gave excuses and delayed the final implementation of the final four of 17 issues under MA63, including Sabah’s revenue return and higher oil royalty.
“Wasn’t Lim Guan Eng the one who announced that the 20% oil royalty promised by Pakatan and the granting of 40% tax return rights to Sabah could not be implemented although it was needed for the state to eradicate poverty?
“Shafie bears the brunt of the Sabah people’s anger because of Pakatan’s false promises,” Padua said.
He said Warisan would continue its struggle as all parties, including Barisan, Perikatan, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) and Pakatan, look at Warisan as a key opponent.