Excuse Me, What Failure? You Had 50 Years

KOTA KINABALU: It is way too early to pass judgement on the Warisan-led state government as it has only been in power for 26 months.

“They say we have already had two years but Umno-BN had more than 50 years,” rued caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“There are still run down houses and dilapidated schools, they cannot say this is Warisan’s failure.

“They have had 50 years, have they not failed? Are they the best?”

Towards this end Shafie, who is president of Parti Warisan Sabah, said he was confident the people would return his coalition to power with bigger numbers.

“I’m sure Sabahans have an idea about who they want to choose as their leader, whether it is Musa, Anifah, Hajiji, Bung or Shafie,” he said referring to his rivals.

Shafie said things would not have come to making a snap election necessary if his administration had been left alone to govern, adding that crossovers by assemblymen to the opposition were the final straw.

“This has made it necessary for the mandate to be returned to the people, they know what they want and will be the decisive factor in the political arena,” he said.

Shafie, in this instance, called on voters to punish those who had precipitated all these problems especially those who had betrayed their trust by switching allegiances.

“We want the rakyat of Sabah to teach these leaders a lesson,” he added.

He said Warisan and its partners were therefore going all out to reach out to as many people as possible before the election.

“We work together like what we did in the last election,” he said after holding a meeting today with Warisan leaders on preparatory work.

“I have also told party leaders like Guan Eng, Mat Sabu and Tun Mahathir about these preparations.”

Besides unstinting loyalty, he said the guiding principle to selecting candidates was to allow incumbents to defend their seats

“We will make sure that we stay united so that we will emerge stronger and win in the coming elections,” he said.