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Shafie Apdal: Warisan candidates for Sabah polls to be finalised soon

 | November 19, 2017

The Parti Warisan Sabah president says party will not join any opposition coalition but has 'understanding' with PKR and DAP.

syafieKENINGAU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal today said the party had drawn up its list of nominees for the coming state election and the candidates would be finalised soon.

“Our party has come up with a list of nominees for the state election,” said Shafie during a party get-together here.

“I will take a look and finalise the candidates soon.

“We have also finalised our manifesto which we will print soon.”

He declined to comment further on the nominations.

Shafie, who is also Semporna MP, reiterated the party’s stand that it would not be joining any opposition coalition but there would be an understanding among the opposition parties.

“We are not joining any opposition coalition such as Pakatan Harapan (PH) but we have an understanding with PKR and DAP in Sabah,” he said.

Shafie, a former federal minister, also urged the Sabah government to put the rakyat’s welfare first and not boast about its budget surplus.

Chief Minister Musa Aman had announced on Friday that next year’s budget is a surplus budget for the fourth consecutive year.

“What is the use of feeling proud with Sabah’s budget surplus if Sabahans are still having to find work in the peninsula in droves?” asked Shafie.

“That money should be used for the benefit of the people, such as building factories.

“As the government, we should help the people, not the budget.”

Shafie also dispelled notions that he did not care about Sabah’s rights under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) as what needed to be done now was to fulfil the rights instead of just talking about them.

Certain quarters have, because of Shafie’s silence on the matter, reportedly accused him of not prioritising the hotly-debated issue.

“It’s clear that a lot of our MA63 rights have been trampled on but what’s important now is whatever rights that have not been met, we’ve to achieve them. That’s all there is to it,” he said.

“All the territories were represented by their respective leaders when signing the agreement.

“We’re all territories, so we can’t be the same as Perlis, for example.”

About 6,000 supporters turned up at the gathering, including former PBS Youth chief Jake Nointin, who led over 1,100 members of the BN component party to join the opposition party.

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