KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan’s time has passed as the people have lost belief in the party led by former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, says Datuk Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (pic).
The Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan Rakyat) information chief contended that Warisan’s popularity had waned as many have rejected the party of late.
"In fact, even in his (Shafie’s) own Semporna parliamentary constituency, scores of members and leaders from various Warisan branches have announced they were quitting to join components of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)," he said when met by reporters after a mangrove tree planting programme in the East coast Tawau district on Tuesday (March 21).
Nizam, who was also an Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, claimed Shafie’s denial about the thousands of leaders and members who had allegedly left 69 Warisan branches in the Semporna division was a way to cover his own weaknesses.
The Apas assemblyman also claimed that many other members from various Warisan branches planned to pledge their support to Gagasan Rakyat.
Gagasan Rakyat is the anchor party of the five-party GRS which also comprised Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno).
Shafie had on Sunday (March 19) said Warisan was evaluating the right kind of partners to work with in the coming elections, particularly the state polls.
Saying that the party would not face the Sabah elections alone, the Semporna MP noted that they were considering a number of parties including Umno but that the party has not decided on the matter.