PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak DAP is backing Warisan’s Shafie Apdal as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) candidate for prime minister, going against the stand of the DAP leadership which has thrown its support for Anwar Ibrahim.
State party chairman Chong Chieng Jien said even though Sarawak DAP respected the PH presidential council’s decision to name the PKR president as the 9th prime ministerial candidate, it backed Shafie as he would be able to play a significant role at the federal level to transform race- and religion- based politics.
He said Shafie as prime minister might also achieve better inclusivity for the Sarawakian people, especially in terms of federal-state relations.
“As an East Malaysian, there is no reason we should not support a fellow East Malaysian, Shafie Apdal, as the future prime minister.
“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which rules Sarawak, will be doing the state a great disfavour by choosing to cohort with PAS and Umno instead of supporting a fellow East Malaysian as PM.”
Chong also said Shafie had been consistently fighting against corruption and kleptocracy, as seen by the fact that he remained faithful to PH despite being offered a part in the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government and the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
He said Anwar should be given a deadline to attain the support of 112 MPs to back him as prime minister.
“Beyond that deadline, Shafie should be given that chance to prove himself.“
Anwar currently has the support of 91 out of 109 opposition MPs.
Chong added that the country could not afford to have the “PAS and Umno-led” PN administration “continue governing and wreaking havoc on the country”.
“Having a prime minister from East Malaysia will help us move beyond the old politics that has entrapped us for so long and help shape a new nation of racial harmony and regional inclusivity in development.”
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