Don’t Just Talk, Don’t Blame Others; BN Has the Power To Resolve IC Issue

Don’t have to wait another five years, Warisan deputy president and Penampang MP Darell Leiking seems to be telling this voter at the Penampang Sunday market, as he and Shafie Apdal and other party leaders went on a walkabout to engage the grassroots.

PENAMPANG – Parti Warisan Sabah chief, Dato’ Seri Shafie Apdal said his opinion on the re-issuing of MyKads in Sabah does not hold weight as it was up to the authorities to resolve the problem.

“They (Barisan Nasional) are in authority and they can resolve the problem (raised by their Sabah components),’’ Shafie said after a walkabout at the Donggongon town Sunday market here.

Shafie goes down to the ground to listen to this elderly woman who was eager to find out more from the Warisan chief.

“They are in government. Why blame Dr Mahathir now. If they think it was (wrongly issued), they can rectify it. They have the power and authority,” said the Semporna member of parliament, who formed Warisan after leaving Umno in July.

Shafie was reacting to UPKO president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau’s policy speech address on Saturday at the party’s convention, calling for the re-issuance of MyKads in Sabah in line with the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants.

Tangau had also shown a video interview of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad allegedly admitting to giving citizenship to illegal immigrants in Sabah during the opening of the congress.

Shafie, in light blue shirt shares a drink with early-morning customers at a coffeeshop at Donggongon where he urged the voters to continue supporting their lawmaker, Darell Leiking, standing next to him, and other Warisan leaders.

The issue of Project IC has become a political divide in Sabah with many throwing aspersions on the involvement of the former premier and Shafie has not been left out in such accusations by their opponents.

“So it does not matter if I agree or disagree with it. What is more important is for them to resolve the issue and not just shout about it at their meetings,” said Shafie.

He said State Barisan Nasional leaders should act on UPKO’s calls for fresh Malaysian identity cards to be re-issued and not blame others.

After all, he said, the state Barisan was part of the federal government and they could take whatever measures needed to resolve the issue of genuine Malaysian MyKad given to dubious citizens previously, if they were serious about it.