No need for PPBM to come to Sabah, says Shafie

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal (centre), meeting shop owners during his Chinese New Year walkabout in Semporna today, says Warisan serves Bumiputera interests in the state.

KOTA KINABALU: Although Warisan and PPBM are like siblings, Sabah is hoping the latter will not set foot in the state, Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said.

He said it was agreed before last May’s general election that Warisan would take on Barisan Nasional in Sabah with DAP and PKR as allies, but without PPBM.

“We have an agreement whereby Warisan is ‘adik beradik’ (sibling) to PPBM.

“I hope the cooperation can be maintained and it (PPBM’s entry to Sabah) will not happen.

“PPBM said at that time they need not be in Sabah because Warisan is already here.

“That is our pact, which I hope will be kept,” he told reporters during a visit to Semporna today in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Former Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Mohd Noor had said yesterday that PPBM will definitely come to Sabah soon.

However, senior PPBM leaders, such as chief strategist Rais Hussin, had told FMT that the party is still discussing with Warisan about opening branches in Sabah and that no decision had been made.

Shafie said Warisan, together with DAP and PKR, can effectively serve the people in the state.

He said DAP and PKR had been in Sabah for a long time, with both serving different communities.

On the other hand, PPBM is a party that takes care of the Bumiputeras, a task which Warisan is already shouldering.

“If we look at the previous general election, Warisan received substantial support from the Bumiputeras.”

He noted that as a result, Warisan had done well in Sipitang, Papar, Putatan and Kudat.

“We also won the parliamentary seats in Sepanggar and Penampang, together with all the state seats,” he said.