Sabah PH youth wings back Shafie
Published on: Wednesday, July 01, 2020
By: Anthea Peter
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Phoong (seated third left), Ismail (seated second left), Felix (seated third right) and Khairuddin (seated second right) at the press conference.
Kota Kinabalu: Youth wings from ruling parties in Sabah, except PKR Youth, pledged support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s nomination by former PM Tun Dr Mahathir to be ninth Prime Minister in the event snap elections are called, the first from Sabah.

The youth leaders from Wira Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), Sabah Dapsy, Amanah Youth and Upko Youth unanimously agreed in a joint statement that Shafie’s appointment would be a breakthrough in the longstanding fight for the State’s autonomy and issues such as the MA63. 

“We are convinced that Shafie would be the best candidate to solve the longstanding racial and religious problems in the country. Moreover, a Borneon Prime Minister will ensure that Sabah and Sarawak will regain their rights as equal partners,” said Sabah DAP Youth Chief Phoong Jin Zhe after a meeting at Warisan headquarters, Tuesday. 

Phoong, who is also State Youth and Sports Minister, urged all political leaders and Malaysians to support Shafie’s PM nomination for restoring the State’s rights and the people’s mandate. 

“We urge all Malaysians to remember the Malaysian Federation’s establishment in 1963 when all three parties affirm and recognise equal rights and promises of equal standing in development to build a ‘New Malaysia’.

“57 years later, no one imagined how far we are from being a prosperous country with an uneven distribution of wealth and development between the peninsula and East Malaysia. This is not our partner’s fault, but the irresponsible politicians who neglected Sabah and Sarawak.

“Let us all unite and take this opportunity to reform and restore Sabah and Sarawak’s autonomy. We urge all Malaysians to join in this struggle to support Shafie as Prime Minister,” he said. 

On PKR Youth’s absence at the meeting, Phoong said they are discussing with the youth party to gain their support for Shafie’s nomination as PM candidate.

“We invited them to this meeting, but they did not respond positively. However discussions are still on-going and we hope we can get their agreement and consensus to come on board to support Shafie as PM.”

Meanwhile, Sabah Warisan Deputy Youth Chief Mohd Ismail Ayob, who was also present, urged all State political parties to set aside political differences and self-interests in the fight for the State’s rights. 

“I urge all leaders, especially from Umno, Bersatu, PBRS, PBS and all those in Sabah, to please put aside political sentiments and egos. 

“This is not just a question of Shafie becoming Prime Minister, but rather the road to resolution (to all longstanding struggles).

On a statement by Pakatan Youth Secretary Razeef Rakimin that the move was a tactic to divide and rule by Mahathir, Phoong said it does not reflect Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sabah’s stance. 

He said Razeef’s statement was made without consensus from all the parties under the coalition. “Any statements made by PH should get endorsements by all parties. Without this consensus you should not use the name of PH Youth. I hope there is no repeat of this.” 

Also present were Upko youth chief Felix Joseph Saang and Amanah Sabah youth representative Mohd Khairuddin Daud.


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