Shafie: No plans to join another party

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PETALING JAYA: Former Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal has no plans to join any other political party at the moment.

Speaking to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today, the Semporna MP acknowledged that although some individuals had said his leaving Umno would not make a difference one way or the other, he knew who his supporters were and that there was no need to insult him.

“We will wait and see. I know I have supporters, so don’t insult me. I came from Sabah to help our country prosper.

“I was a minister for eight years. I know what the people want. I sent 40 Orang Asli to obtain a degree. I know how they (Sabahans) feel and what they want,” he said.

Shafie said this when met by reporters after returning from an Aidilfitri open house in Kampung Babul, Semporna yesterday.

Asked whether he would join any other party following his suspension and subsequent resignation from Umno, Shafie quipped, “I do not need any party.”

Yesterday, Shafie pledged not to return to Umno, but said he would continue to fight for his cause.

He quit Umno on July 4, after he was suspended last month for criticising the party leadership and purportedly working with the Opposition – an allegation he has denied.

Meanwhile Sabah Umno secretary Yahya Hussin was quoted by Malay Mail Online as saying that the Semporna division would now be helmed by its deputy president Nasir Sakaran until the next internal election was held.

Speaking to the news portal, Yahya said, “He (Nasir) will be the acting Semporna division chief till we have an election, but it is not an issue at the moment. We are stable as always – no problem.”