By AZIS KHAN
KOTA KINABALU: Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has started to show Umno’s “true face” through his attempt at defaming Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Loretto Padua, the Parti Warisan Sabah, Secretary-General, said Hishammuddin acted like a cheap Umno cybertrooper when he twisted Shafie’s statement in regard to the Philippines’s claim over Sabah published in Berita Harian dated August 28, 2020?
In the report, Shafie had clearly urged Putrajaya to inform the government of Philippines that any of its claim over Sabah was completely baseless.
The report also clearly showed Shafie’s stand that Sabah is part of Malaysia and no demands from the Philippines should be entertained.
“In fact, what Shafie meant about the negotiations between the two governments was that Malaysia should ask Philippines to stop making its claim over Sabah,” said Padua in a statement Tuesday.
“It is not about Shafie supporting the government of Philippines’ claim over Sabah.”
Padua said it has to be emphasised that the Malaysian government through Wisma Putra is responsible for any claim made by other countries, including the Philippines, and not the Sabah Chief Minister’s Office.
“Shafie wants Putrajaya to speak out firmly because Malaysia would be portrayed as coward, if it continues to remain silent,” he added.
Recently, Warisan had also filed a motion in the Dewan Rakyat, opposing Philippines’ claim over Sabah.
So what is Hishammuddin trying to say in his Facebook status?
Barisan Nasional (BN) has governed the country for decades but they had never succeeded in preventing the Philippines from making claims over Sabah.
Added Padua: “That is why Shafie wanted to end the claim made by the Philippines over Sabah.
“But because Hishammuddin wanted Umno, a Malayan party governed by Malayan leaders to return to power in Sabah, seizing all the state’s wealth, therefore, he is acting like a “stupid” cybertrooper attempting to twist a news report to confuse the people.
Hishammuddin became a stupid cybertrooper who tried to twist the news for political gain.
I suggest Hishammuddin to first read the news report until the end before making a fool out of himself through his post on Facebook.
I have also included Berita Harian’s news link published for Hishammuddin’s reference: