Shafie admits can’t stop Bersatu
Published on: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal admitted Monday that nothing can stop the entry of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) – or any other party for that matter – to Sabah.

 However, Shafie who with his partners in Pakatan Harapan at Sabah-level tried their best to talk the party out of it ever since the May 9 general election, last year, vowed to remain focused on developing the State for the benefit of the people. 

 “With regards to the entry of Bersatu to Sabah, we cannot stop them, or any other party for that matter. Our laws also allow for new parties to be formed,” he said.

 “We are however very clear with our party stand and direction,” he said, adding that the people gave his Warisan-led government the mandate in the 14th General Election.

 He said they have worked with Pakatan Harapan before, and after the elections formed the federal government together. 

“We will continue to work with them, for the best interests of the people,” he read to the media, Monday. 

 Dr Mahathir said last week that the Sabah chapter of Bersatu would be established soon and the person to head it would be determined later.

 He had said the move was not to challenge or oppose Warisan, which is led by Shafie but to strengthen his (Shafie’s) Warisan-led State Government.

Shafie said he is aware of the feelings of supporters and also the people in Sabah over the Bersatu decision and advised them not to be emotional.

 “They were fed up with the Umno-BN government and wanted a change for the better. We respect that mandate and will continue to govern the State at our level best to ensure what Sabahans want us to do in terms of development as well as providing jobs. 

“This was promised and we will ensure they are delivered,” he said, adding they would continue to  govern Sabah to the best of their ability and ensure that our rights will be reinstated and affirmed as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) which remains their priority.

 Asked if he would talk to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who heads Bersatu, Shafie smiled without replying.

 Shafie had previously repeatedly expressed hope that Bersatu would not set foot in Sabah. Just a week ago, he again reiterated his stand on the matter saying he has on several occasions indicated this to Dr Mahathir. - Sherell Jeffrey 


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