KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain today said that PPBM’s entry will disrupt political stability in the state.
He expressed concern that Sabahans may get caught in the middle of potential political rivalry between Warisan and PPBM once the latter sets foot in Sabah.
Aziz noted that Chief Minister Shafie Apdal presently enjoyed the support of the majority of the state assembly.
“Once PPBM is here, everyone will be eager to know how the Warisan president manages the new additions into the state government.
“Will the PPBM members ask for positions in the Sabah government or in the various state ministries?
“Whatever the ‘sandiwara’ (drama) or rivalry between the ruling parties in the government now, don’t let it affect the wellbeing of Sabahans,” he said here today.
Both DAP and PKR – PPBM’s Pakatan Harapan allies in Sabah – want Shafie to continue leading Sabah in the wake of Prime Minister and PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s announcement that the party was spreading its wings to the state.
Several former Sabah Umno leaders, including the five MPs and eight assemblymen who left the party last December, are expected to helm PPBM’s Sabah chapter
Aziz contended that Shafie’s ego must have been bruised by Mahathir’s U-turn on the pre-election promise that PPBM will not venture into Sabah.
He said the Semporna MP had been banking too much on the agreement, even after the elections were over, because he was convinced of the “brotherly” relationship between the two parties.
Aziz said members from Warisan and other ruling parties in Sabah were happy when Shafie openly told Mahathir not to allow PPBM to enter Sabah.
He said this made Shafie seem to be holding his ground.
But all this fell apart when Mahathir said PPBM would not follow what others say and would decide on its own about entering the state, he said.