PETALING JAYA: Warisan president Shafie Apdal has called out the opposition for what he called “labelling tactics” to break unity in Sabah.
He targeted Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) for special mention, saying the party has continued to raise doubts about his status as a leader for all Sabahans, Borneo Post reported.
“Don’t use race and religion. We don’t use race and religion to build the nation because this is Malaysia.
“I am the (caretaker) chief minister of Sabah. Not the chief minister of the Bajau, of the Kedayan, of the Dusun, but the chief minister for the people of Sabah irrespective of religion and race,” he was quoted as saying.
Shafie was responding to claims that he is an illegal immigrant allegedly levelled at him by PCS, because of his Bajau roots.
“The Bajaus are natives of Sabah. I was born in Semporna. My grandmother was buried in Semporna.
“The father of my grandmother was buried in Semporna. The mother of my grandmother was buried there too. And yet they say I am a Pati (illegal immigrant),” Shafie said, according to the Sarawak-based daily.
He added that the Warisan party has also been labelled the same because of his roots in Semporna, in the east coast of Sabah.
The former federal minister under the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration also reminded his opponents of his rise in the coalition previously.
“I was a hero before in BN, but when you fight against BN, you will face hardship. You fight against BN, you become a Pati. Since when did I become a refugee?”
Pointing out his efforts for the people of Sabah, Shafie added that his policies are never based on race or religion.
“This is why when churches asked for assistance, I gave it to them, and when Chinese schools asked for the same, they were also assisted.
“I have Chinese grandchildren because my son married a Chinese Melanau from Sarawak,” he was quoted as saying.
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