KOTA KINABALU: Sabah voters have been advised to be aware of the divide-and-rule tactics of certain elements who do not want to see the opposition taking over the reins of government.
Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he was not surprised that political parties were mushrooming in Sabah as he said this was an attempt by the higher ups to cause a split between the people in Sabah.
“They want to keep our people ‘disunited’ so to speak so that they can remain in power. But Sabahans are wise enough to know which party is credible and which is being set up to split the people,” Shafie told reporters after a Chinese New Year gathering Thursday night.
He was asked to comment on the announcement by Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) that it was entering the fray at the next Sabah elections. Its president, Datu Mohd Arshad Abdul Mualap contested the 2013 elections against chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and polled 201 votes.
Shafie said not all parties will be supported by the people as the leaders of some had poor track records while others are nonentities, and probably sponsored by those hoping to split the opposition vote.
“Warisan is serious about its decision to contest in as many seats as possible, depending on our strength in those areas, and we are more than capable in winning a good number of seats to form the government,” he said.
“We are not contesting so that we remain in the opposition. We want to form the next government and this can be achieved if the people are united and support the right party.”
According to Shafie, the people by now are ready to reject the Barisan Nasional as they have a credible party to replace Umno-BN, stressing Sabah will not suffer if the ruling coalition was ousted.
On the Chinese support for Warisan, he said the signs were most encouraging after the party’s pre-Chinese New Year walkabouts and gatherings that they have had in Sandakan, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.
“I keep reminding them that we are a multi-racial party and not just for the Bajau or the KadazanDusun. We’re for everybody. Warisan, and I personally do not believe in race-based politics anymore,” he said.
At the function, some 300 MCA members from its Sepanggar division announced they had quit the party to join Warisan and submitted their membership application forms.