Warisan is made up of ‘frogs’ too, PBS tells Shafie

Joniston Bangkuai (left) says Shafie Apdal lacks the moral authority and political integrity to teach ‘frogs’ a lesson.

PETALING JAYA: PBS has hit out at Warisan president Shafie Apdal’s hypocrisy in condemning those who defected to the opposition, noting that Warisan comprised “political frogs”.

PBS information chief Joniston Bangkuai said Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking and vice-president Junz Wong had defected from PKR and DAP, respectively, despite contesting under the banners of their previous parties.

He reminded the Warisan-led government that it came into power because Upko and a few other assemblymen left their parties to support Shafie in 2018.

However, when some assemblymen decided to go against Shafie, he said, they were condemned as “traitors betraying the people’s mandate”.

“It seems that Shafie’s definition of ‘katak’ (frog) is people who do not support him,” Bangkuai said in a statement.

“As such, he lacks the moral authority and political integrity to teach ‘frogs’ a lesson and should stop this hypocrisy.”

Shafie yesterday urged Sabahans to teach those who jumped ship “a lesson” in the upcoming state election.

Shafie was previously reported as saying that “political frogs” will not be considered when choosing candidates for the upcoming state polls.

He said loyalty was vital as there was no use fielding candidates who defect and turn their backs on the party.

“Shafie can vent his frustrations and call the elected representatives who left his backdoor government all sorts of names, but before he does that, he should first look at himself,” said Bangkuai.