Shafie Apdal : Muhyiddin Invited Me To Join Him & Is Still My Good Friend – Offered To Be DPM In Exchange For Support
Amid the political horse-trading that followed the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government, Shafie Apdal believes that Muhyiddin Yassin was prepared to offer him to be his number two in exchange for support.
This was revealed by the Warisan president during an interview with the press today.
“Haha. You ask him,” he said in jest when asked whether the Bersatu president, who became the prime minister , had offered Shafie the post of deputy prime minister.
Shafie Apdal: Muhyiddin still my good friend
Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal still regards Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a good friend he will never forget although they have their political differences and are not in the same government.
Recalling their ups and downs in politics especially their dark period in Umno in 2016, Shafie said what was certain now is that he himself had stayed consistent in his aim to topple Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno.
“I will remain his friend; he is an old friend of mine,” he said with a smile during an exclusive interview with Bernama at his residence here recently.
Muhyiddin sad good friend Shafie not with him to lead government
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has today expressed his sadness at not having Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, whom he described as his good friend, with him in leading the government.
The Prime Minister said that he and Mohd Shafie were comrades, especially in UMNO, until he was sacked and Mohd Shafie decided to leave the party.
“But what I am sad about is that now that I am the Prime Minister, the leadership of Sabah is not with me.
He (Mohd Shafie) is my good friend because in politics, one day you can be friends and the next moment you are enemies.
Shafie Warisan Supports Agong’s Decree : Willing To Support & Work With Muhyiddin Government
Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal today announced that he and all MPs under his party supports the Yang-di Pertuan Agong’s decree that all politicians should work together to face the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, made the decree yesterday in face of growing political uncertainties, after he declined a request from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to proclaim a state of emergency in the country.
“Parliament members from the Warisan party praise Seri Paduka’s decree that all political leaders should work together to ensure that the country can fight the Covid-19 outbreak,” Shafie said in a Facebook posting today.
Shafie reiterated Warisan’s stance that economic collapse can only be overcome if the country’s leaders reject political, religious and racial differences to cooperate in finding solutions to face the pandemic.
“The public have made sacrifices in these difficult times, thus it is time for all ministers and representatives of the people to sacrifice and contribute to the efforts in facing the current difficulties.
Shafie also praised Agong for his decision to not empower the execution of a state of emergency.
“I uphold the wisdom and intelligence of Seri Paduka and the Malay Kings in ruling their states and the country for the prosperity of all its people,” he said.
Shafie added that the business community is among those badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and have had to bear high losses.
“Thus, Warisan also calls for this business community to work together with the government to ensure an absolute step can be taken for the sake of the good.
“The business community certainly has ideas and suggestions that can be directed to the government about arising problems that can be overcome,” he said.
He also expressed his appreciation to Malaysian’s for obeying government orders since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
Muhyiddin has only two ways out, says Shafie ( seek a ceasefire with WARISAN & focus on governing during the Covid-19 crisis)
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, under pressure from Umno, has only two options for dealing with the current political stalemate, according to Warisan president Shafie Apdal.
Muhyiddin can either seek a ceasefire with Umno and the opposition, allowing him to concentrate on governing during the Covid-19 crisis, or call for a snap general election, Shafie said.
He said that elections were unlikely to be called for a while yet; however, Muhyddin had the option of holding a general election when Sarawak goes to the polls for the state assembly elections, due between June and August.
“This will mean massive politicking among parties in the months to come,” said Shafie, who was speaking as a guest in an online political forum on the regional political outlook for 2021.
cMuhyiddin is head of the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition which holds power through a narrow majority in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat. The coalition comprises PPBM, PAS and minor parties, and relies on the support of 41 MPs of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional.
Shafie contended that the PPBM-PAS-Umno alliance was “inherently unsustainable and an electorally foolish construct”, as the three parties had contested against each other in several seats at the 2018 general election.
“As much as Muhyiddin was hoping to capitalise on his early popularity to call a general election as early as June 2020 without sorting out the seats among the three parties, PPBM would be the biggest loser in a general election,” said Shafie.
Failure of old male-dominated Malay politics
He charged that the “old-male-dominated elite” especially among the Malay parties, has left a huge vacuum in Malaysian politics and the political rhetoric of Malay unity had proven to be a false promise.
“Umno, PPBM and PAS have failed to form a stable government. The Malays themselves suffer when the Malay power elites are subjecting ordinary Malays to one set of rules while they are enjoying a different set of rules.
“About 70% of Malays are in urban centres, and 80% of Malaysians are urban-based. But Umno, PAS and PPBM still work on the basis that the majority of Malays are rural-based.
“They will soon find a revolt of urban Malays who return to the kampung to vote,” he said.
Shafie said the common ideology held by Umno, PAS and PPBM was equally dismissive of young people and women, who form a huge block of voters.
“Their ideology has ignored the needs of the non-Malays. Worse, they see multiracial Sabah and Sarawak as ‘outsiders’ in their power game,” he said.
Shafie said Malaysian politics needed a reset; the economy had become stagnant and national institutions had been increasingly compromised.
“A new Malaysia narrative is needed across the country’s key pillars – political, economic and social,” he said. “There is no place left for racial and religious politics – unity needs to be the bedrock of reform through a participatory democracy through a values based system of governance which transcends race and religion.”
There should be a new movement to fill the vacuums he had listed, one that should move beyond the personal politics of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.