PPBM working fine with Warisan, says Dr M

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal (second from left) hand out aid to the underprivileged at the City Mosque after Maghrib prayers with state leaders. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says PPBM is working closely with the Warisan-led Sabah government although the latter is not part of the formal Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Mahathir said Warisan even had three full ministers in the federal Cabinet.

“Even during the recent Sandakan by-election, Warisan played a very big role (in attaining victory for DAP),” he said at a news conference at the airport here.

Ties between PPBM and Warisan appeared to have cooled after PPBM set up in Sabah, going against an agreement between the two parties before last year’s general election for PPBM not to enter Sabah.

Earlier today, Warisan president Shafie Apdal announced that the party now has more than 200,000 registered members with 50,000 more pending applications, according to Bernama.

“We want members who understand the party’s struggles. They should have good intentions in ensuring the stability of the government,” he told reporters after chairing the party’s Supreme Council meeting here today.

Shafie said the council discussed the party’s approach towards increasing its membership besides determining its direction, especially after the general election and party election.

Warisan now has 26 divisions with more than 700 branches throughout Sabah. The number of branches is expected to increase as the party had received the green light from the Registrar of Societies to set up another branch.

Shafie announced the appointment of eight Supreme Council members. They included Yusof Yacob, who will serve as Warisan’s Information chief, Mohamaddin Ketapi and Rozman Isli.