No need to rethink Sabah’s position on who to support, says Shafie

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal says nothing good will come from switching sides for personal and political gain.

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal has rejected a call to rethink Sabah’s stand of supporting former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad while cooperating with the federal government.

He said nothing good will come from being fickle and switching sides for personal or political gain.

Shafie was responding to a call by Parti Bersatu Sabah leader Maximus Ongkili to rethink his political allegiance, saying the Warisan-led Sabah government needed all the help it could get from the ruling federal coalition.

He said that during the recent political crisis, he had noticed there were politicians switching sides four times.

“I do not want the political illness to spread to Sabah. This is not about positions and ranks. We need to have values in life. If we allow this to go on, the problem will continue in our future generations,” he said after officiating a health carnival at the Likas Sports Complex today.

Yesterday, Shafie had reiterated that while Warisan supported Mahathir to continue as prime minister, it would cooperate with the federal government.

He said federal ministries, agencies and departments were duty-bound to serve the people, and that politics should be separated from these entities as they were apolitical.

Asked whether Sabah should emulate Sarawak’s stand to support a national coalition that agreed to pay the sales tax on petroleum products and fulfil the state’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Shafie said: “They have their own ways and we have ours.”

He was confident that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would continue to implement all the terms agreed upon under MA63 by the previous Cabinet.