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DAP , AMANAH , Pejuang & MUDA Nomimate Warisan Shafie Apdal For Prime Minister Candidate : Anwar & Mukhriz As DPMs – To Restore The People Mandate To Pakatan Harapan

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) considers the nomination of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for prime minister as the new option to restore the people’s mandate to Pakatan Harapan.

In a statement signed by Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, they said it was a new option to bring Putrajaya back to the coalition of Pakatan Harapan and Warisan as achieved in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that the proposal to nominate Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had also been agreed to by other Pakatan Harapan senior leaders.

Dr Mahathir said the agreement was reached in an informal discussion at the Sabah Guest House, Kuala Lumpur, on June 25 between Shafie, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

In addition, he said they had also agreed to nominate PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister 1 and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Deputy Prime Minister 2.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has revealed that he and his supporters have agreed to choose Warisan president Shafie Apdal to succeed him as prime minister.

He said the suggestion to name Shafie was also supported by Amanah and DAP leaders during a meeting with Warisan leaders.

“Because I am naming him, I hope the grassroots will accept Shafie’s candidacy. I think that if I am no longer around, we want someone to carry on our fight.

Mahathir said he was informed that PH was not agreeable to Anwar becoming the prime minister straightaway as many felt the PKR president had a lot of enemies and it would make it difficult for the coalition to get majority support to return to power.

“We cannot give (the candidacy) to him. He has a lot of enemies … In fact, there will be certain people who will leave us. So, if there’re not enough numbers, we cannot get back to forming the government.

Amanah Suggests Pakatan Harapan Use Warisan Logo In Election

Sabah Parti Amanah Negara is willing to let its candidates use the Parti Warisan Sabah logo in the state election as a sign of solidarity and togetherness.

Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said the use of the Warisan logo also showed the party’s support for Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the Prime Minister.

“Although this election will be a good opportunity for us to introduce our party logo, we feel that it is more important to show togetherness and solidarity.

“It is important that the chief minister’s post be selected and decided by the people of Sabah, and not by anyone from the peninsula,”.

Khalid also said that Amanah would not support any backdoor government and the backstabbing culture in politics that led to the change of government.

“Party hoppers and political back-stabbers are traitors.

“A government that is built based on such tactics was not chosen by the people,” he said.

Sarawak DAP backs Shafie for prime minister

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.

“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.”

Sabah DAP voices rapturous support for Shafie Apdal as PM

Sabah DAP has voiced enthusiastic support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as Malaysia’s next Prime Minister.

In a statement, the party – led by chief Datuk Frankie Poon – said it welcomes Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion of having Shafie lead the country.

“It is the first time ever in the history of Malaysia that an East Malaysian has been touted as a potential prime ministerial candidate.

“Fifty-seven years have passed (since Malaysia’s formation in 1963) and never has anyone from East Malaysia been seriously considered for the position of prime minister.

“There is no better time than now, when leaders from Peninsular Malaysia cannot decide on a better leader among themselves.

“With a true-blue East Malaysian as Prime Minister of the federation of Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak would no longer have to worry about the implementation of the Malaysian Agreement 1963, or being marginalised in development budgets anymore,” it added.

Sabah DAP added that with Shafie at the helm, there will be a speedy resolution to the long-standing issues of oil royalty and petroleum cash payments, oil minerals and oil fields, a review of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 [Act 750], and state rights over the continental shelf, all of which previous and current prime ministers from the Peninsula have been unable to agree to.

“We hereby urge all East Malaysian Members of Parliament to rally support behind Shafie to make history in Malaysia – by having the first prime minister of Malaysia from the east.

“In particular, we call upon Sabah’s PBS, STAR, PBRS, and Sarawak’s GPS, to give their vote of confidence towards Shafie as prime minister.

“This will enable Sabah and Sarawak to benefit from more development and improve the living standards of the people here,” it added.

Warisan Joins Forces With Muda

Warisan has affirmed its political pact with Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) and is opening doors to similar cooperation with other political parties.

Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal today said, however, no decision had been made so far to extend the current political pact with other parties, including those from Pakatan Harapan and Pejuang.

“So far, we have discussed (confirmed) with Muda about the (Warisan-Muda) cooperation. But we have yet to reach a decision the rest (working with other parties).

“With Muda, this our (first) choice (on political pact). Hence, we will make sure to strengthen our ‘house’ (the cooperation) before moving forward.

“But it does not mean we are shutting the doors to others. In politics, anything can happen but we must also realise that there are parties with the same values as ours,” he told reporters after launching the Warisan national division at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur here, today.

On Sept 7, Shafie announced that Warisan would be launching its political cooperation with Muda.

Anwar’s Time Has Passed, Says Mukhriz

Anwar Ibrahim has outlived his time, Pejuang president Mukhriz Mahathir said today in a sign that the six-month-old opposition party which he co-founded with his father Dr Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to work with the PKR chief.

“I think his time has passed. That’s my feeling, and a lot of people have been saying that, in fact within Pakatan Harapan (PH) itself,” Mukhriz, referring to the coalition led by Anwar, told business station BFM in an interview.

Mukhriz, the former Kedah menteri besar whose party was registered last July, also announced an ambitious plan to field candidates in 120 parliamentary seats at the next general election, adding that he expects clashes in seats where PH will contest.

He said while most of the seats would be “rural Malay” constituencies, there would also be semi-urban seats which would see his party going head-to-head with PH.

He said the decision to field a large number of candidates was to show that Pejuang was serious about governing.

He also said that Pejuang leaders realised that the 52 seats contested by their former party Bersatu during the last general election was not enough to dislodge Umno, their main foe.

Adding that Pejuang was formed as a challenge to Umno, Mukhriz agreed that this was the reason for its focus on the Malay agenda.

He said Pejuang had also stayed out of the memorandum of understanding that PH signed with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob last September despite being issued an invitation to join.

He said Pejuang wanted to stay “independent”.

“We felt that if there was any form of reward from the government, it might diminish our ability to be critical of the government when it needs to be criticised,” he said.

Pejuang was formed by Mahathir and a handful of other MPs after their sacking from Bersatu in May 2020, months after the collapse of the PH government, triggered by Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin’s decision to take his party out of the PH coalition.

Be Magnanimous And Step Down, Anwar

Pakatan Harapan’s abysmal performance in Melaka was followed by many calls for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to resign. He acknowledged the criticisms about him but, true to form, he is reluctant to leave.

His supporters would like him to continue as leader. They keep repeating the same old mantra, “There is no one who is capable of leading the coalition.”

Have they ever wondered why no one has come forward? The man, or woman, with the right personality, courage and qualities to lead is probably reluctant to show his or her leadership skills.

The reason is simple. As Asians, filial piety is paramount. We live in a deferential society, where few would dare oppose people of the older generation. So, who will challenge Anwar? No one, because they will be told off for being “biadap” (rude).

This is where Anwar could be magnanimous and step down. Only then will the younger ones, the more able, the ones with hidden talent, the more creative and visionary, and the ones with potential can step forward, prove themselves, develop and grow with the coalition and lead. However, this will not happen as long as Anwar remains.

Apart from his period with back pain when he was in prison, Anwar probably enjoys good health. But no one lives forever, so when will the inner circle think about a succession plan? Have they a Plan B for the time when Anwar is no longer around?

Those on the outside may not know the goings-on in PKR. Perhaps Anwar and his inner circle do not see the damage caused by the string of election defeats. Melaka, where PKR lost all the 11 seats it contested, was when many supporters withdrew their support and openly criticised Anwar.

Comments and criticisms against him have included:

“If he will not go, I have no desire to support the Harapan coalition any longer. He has no strategy. He waffles too much.”

“I don’t think he knows what he’s doing. Conducting a post-mortem is ridiculous and a waste of time. We told him before the elections that Harapan and PKR would lose but he refused to listen. Championing the Umno turncoats was the last straw for most of us. We do not want to be associated with a party which lacks principles and integrity. We have enough political parties like that in Malaysia and we don’t need another one.”

“I would rather stay at home than vote for a party which welcomed frogs with open arms and refused to listen to their grassroots supporters.”

“Did Harapan’s leaders ever wonder why there was poor voter turnout? There was nothing to entice or induce us to leave our homes. None of the candidates were inspiring.”

Anwar has failed to strengthen PKR at the grassroots level. Political frogs have tarnished PKR’s reputation. The infighting does not help and suggests a lack of discipline in the party.

Many supporters were disgusted that political frogs were encouraged to bring down the state government. When the same frogs were embraced and called heroes, many of them were furious.

The leaders’ claim that “winning is everything” only confirmed the supporters’ fears – that they had strayed far from their original promise of upholding a party with integrity and high principles.

The failure to listen and identify with the grassroots was another bone of contention. One supporter said: “We were surprised that he failed to focus on local issues but harped on about other things.

“When Harapan concentrated on Najib Abdul Razak and his RM100 million house and land, it brought into sharp focus our own predicament.

“All we want is someone to address our daily concerns. Many of us had lost our homes. The economic downturn. The loss of jobs. The increasing cost of living. The fear of the pandemic.

“We have our own immediate needs to worry about, than to be bothered about Najib’s reward for being PM. If Harapan leaders cannot even connect with our basic and daily needs, why should we care about them? We can take our votes elsewhere.”

So, is anyone listening in the corridors of power within the Pakatan Harapan boardroom?

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