Warisan will not join Pakatan, says youth leader

Sarifuddin-HataPETALING JAYA: A Parti Warisan Sabah youth chief has told state DAP leaders not to misuse the goodwill extended to them as a “political tool” to make proclamations about the nature of the parties’ cooperation in the state.

Warisan’s Kalabakan youth head Sarifuddin Hata said the party would not join Pakatan Harapan (PH) as it was a peninsula-based coalition like DAP itself.

“Warisan will never join the Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact as we know that Sabahans do not want to be controlled by the West Malaysians,” he said.

“DAP is a genuine party but DAP must not forget that they are also a Malaya-based party, so they will not be able to fight for Sabah without considering West Malaysian interests.

“Don’t deny this simple fact that all Sabahans already know,” he added.

On Tuesday, state DAP secretary Chan Foong Hin had hailed the presence of a Warisan delegation led by former Silam MP Abdillah Abdul Hamid at the Tawau-Kalabakan DAP Hari Raya open house as a sign of cooperation with PH.

“The encouraging presence of Warisan supporters and leaders from the Tawau–Kalabakan division is a sign that the grassroots want cooperation,” he reportedly said.

“Only with political cooperation can change be achieved,” the Sri Tanjong assemblyman said, adding that while PH’s national leaders battled Barisan Nasional (BN) at the federal level, local parties would work with PH to defeat the BN “regime” in Sabah.

Sarifuddin said Warisan’s grassroots leaders had attended the open house with an open heart and in good faith to enjoy the festive season together as Sabahans, not to discuss politics.

“This has been the unique culture and beauty of Sabah to celebrate festivals together regardless of political differences.

“We are disgusted at how our good faith has been misused for DAP’s political interests.

“If DAP leaders can’t differentiate the difference between Malaya and Sabah cultures, Warisan grassroots leaders will be alerted to be careful in attending DAP’s future functions to avoid being used in such an unprofessional manner.”

Sarifuddin denied that Warisan leaders at the event had held discussions and agreed that Warisan and PH should work together.

He said the leaders knew very well that one of Warisan’s core struggles is to fight for “Sabahans for Sabah”.

Sarifuddin said DAP should assist Warisan to form the Sabah government while Warisan supports the national opposition to form the federal government.

He also said all Warisan leaders at every level were firmly behind the party’s leadership under president Shafie Apdal.

“We have highest confidence in our president in formulating the best strategy to form the next Sabah government,” he said.

“DAP should just stand by to work with Warisan and not make wild imaginative assumptions.”