PBS throws ‘political frogs’ remark back at Warisan

Johnny Mositun (left) says Liew Vui Keong’s remarks were more suited to Warisan instead.

PETALING JAYA: PBS has hit back at Warisan chairman Liew Vui Keong over his attacks on “political frogs”, linking former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman and assemblymen aligned to him.

PBS vice-president Johnny Mositun said Liew’s remarks were more suited to Warisan, which had accepted Upko members after the 2018 general election, allowing Warisan president Shafie Apdal to form a state government.

Liew had criticised Musa for seeking to wrest power back from Warisan last week through defections.

Mositun said Liew’s remarks that Musa had tried to “steal a government without shame and dignity” and his supporters were “political frogs” were more suited to Warisan’s actions.

“Since Liew has decided to sit on a high horse, I wish to ask the following questions: Was it not true that the Warisan-led group only won 29 state seats in the May 2018 election?

“Was it not true that Musa was sworn in as the chief minister after the election?

“Was it not true that the governor (later) appointed Shafie, replacing Musa without even calling for a snap election nor a vote of no confidence for that matter?

Mositun said Liew should not forget that after GE14, Upko president Wilfred Madius Tangau was appointed deputy chief minister after becoming a nominated assemblyman.

He acknowledged that Shafie, as the chief minister, had the right to seek a dissolution of the state assembly, as he did last week, but this was not the point of contention.

“What is questionable is, why was the same standard not applied at the time when Shafie was appointed to replace Musa?” he asked.

Mositun also said there was concern over the lives of the people due to the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that Hong Kong had postponed elections because of a spike in new cases.