Upko: All Sabah, S’wak MPs should back Shafie
Published on: Monday, June 29, 2020
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TAMPARULI: All Members of Parliament (MPs) from Sabah and Sarawak should support the nomination of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the Prime Minister candidate for PH Plus, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

He said Upko has been consistent since the change of the country’s government after the 2018 General Election. 

“We support the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister, and after the change of the Prime Minister in March, Upko retains its stand to support Dr Mahathir. 

“Now, he (Dr Mahathir) has suggested Shafie as candidate for the Prime Minister, and Upko supports this.

“With a humble heart, I appeal to all MPs from Sabah and Sarawak to support the proposal,” said Tangau, who is also Upko President, Sunday.

He added that there is no reason to reject the suggestion if they truly believe that Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula are equal partners in Malaysia.

“It is true that Upko was not informed earlier about the discussion as what Dr Mahathir has said, it was made informally.

“However, Upko has no qualms in supporting Shafie,” he said.

Madius hoped the various issues in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) can be resolved when a Prime Minister from Sabah is appointed.

“Upko hopes matters like oil royalty, the influx of illegal immigrants, investment boost and the provision of enough infrastructure, among others, can be handled well,” he said.

Masidi (Photo Source: Borneo Post)

Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy chief for Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said the announcement by Dr Mahathir is not official and thus any questions on it are considered premature.

“It does not warrant any response at this point of time,” he said.


Former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee suggested for Shafie to resign as Chief Minister if he was serious about wanting to become Prime Minister.

He said Shafie has until July 12 to tender his resignation as Sabah CM because his bid to become Prime Minister will meet the deadline on July 13 when Parliament meets.


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