Sabah open to working with Putrajaya for good of nation, says Shafie

Sabah caretaker chief minister Shafie Apdal (second from left) with Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin and caretaker deputy chief minister Wilfred Madius Tangau. (Chief Minister’s Department of Sabah pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah caretaker chief minister Shafie Apdal said today the state administration is always open to working with the federal government on a government-to-government (G-to-G) basis.

Speaking to reporters after the state-level Merdeka Day celebration, Shafie said this was especially the case in development matters.

He added he had spoken to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on the matter.

“I told him (Muhyiddin) that Sabah will work on a G-to-G basis in the interest of the country. This is not like in politics, I said politics is different and we will put it aside.

“My political stand and principles on certain matters differ but we will cooperate in nation building. That is important.”

Recently, Muhyiddin said it would be better if the Sabah government was aligned to the federal government.

Meanwhile, Shafie reminded all political leaders against divisive rhetoric which could affect race and religious ties in the state.

“There is no good (in racial politics) for our future,” he said after the event which was also attended by Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin and caretaker deputy chief minister Wilfred Madius Tangau.