KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today dismissed a video of him appearing to equate PPBM with Umno, saying the clip which has been making the rounds on social media is an old one.
Speaking to reporters after an event here today, Shafie, who is the president of Warisan, said the remarks in the video were about PPBM spreading its wings to Sabah.
“Previously, we had an understanding that PPBM would not enter Sabah,” he said.
“We knew there were members in our party who doubted and who were concerned, as well as those who wanted to leave because they had no positions.
“But it’s an old story. Today we are together, so we will work with each other with PPBM in the state.”
In an agreement with Warisan before the general election last year, PPBM said it would not set foot in Sabah.
However, the party chaired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched a chapter in the state in April.
The two-minute clip in question had shown a man resembling Shafie holding a lively conversation with several women who are believed to have sought his views on joining PPBM.
“This PPBM is Umno. Why do you want to join them?” he asked.
He also said that joining PPBM would be akin to supporting Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Mohd Noor, the former Sabah Umno chief who led dozens of Sabah Umno members to cross over to PPBM early this year.