Further, he named the two political figures for having had involvement in events that have led to the country’s political deadlock today.
“When in Umno, they bickered and then in Pakatan Harapan (PH), they quarrelled to no end. In trying to grab power, they backstab others along the way,” Shafie told a crowd of 600 people at a fundraising dinner in the Penang Chinese Town Hall here Friday night.
When Warisan was with Pakatan Harapan (PH), Shafie remembered how Dr Mahathir had promised him before the 2018 general election that Bersatu – a party Dr Mahathir founded – would not step into Sabah.
But, Bersatu soon made its way to Sabah after PH won the 2018 general election.
In the Sabah elections of 2020, Warisan and PH with Upko were together as a team fighting but Shafie said it was at that same time when he was informed Anwar was negotiating with other parties outside of Sabah such as Umno to get his “strong, formidable and convincing numbers”.
“If the likes of Dr Mahathir and Anwar can come into Sabah seeking seats, there is no reason Warisan cannot do the same in the peninsula.”
With much uncertainty heading into the next general election, Shafie who is also Semporna Member of Parliament said he is open to the prospects of Sabah and Sarawak parties forming a bloc that can help stabilise the federal government.
“Sarawak has 31 (parliamentary seats) and Sabah 25. Together we have more seats than even Umno (Barisan Nasional). Do not underestimate us East Malaysians.”
He said unity in Sabah and Sarawak can redeem the federal government’s past mistakes and aid demands for equal rights and access to oil and natural gas royalty payments.
He added that voters should stop blaming politicians as the power to decide is in their hands.
“Politicians have ruined the past years. Three prime ministers in four years! I would never have imagined it despite being in politics for the last 30 years.”
Shafie also spoke of the need for voters to elect “clean and sincere” leaders rather than give into fear-mongering of race or religion.
“PAS is not in Saudi Arabia, yet Islam is fully protected there. Umno is not in Brunei or Singapore, yet there are Malays who prosper there. Vote for change.
Shafie said he was resolute that Warisan can perform well with its trademark call of unity.
Later he told a press conference that Warisan will go into the general election alone for now, claiming that fledgling Muda is “being bullied” even though it wants to join PH.
Warisan plans to contest in selected states in the Peninsula in the next general election and these are possiblity Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Johor.