It Is Time To Have A Leader That Serve The People And Nation

MICHELLE MOK

KOTA KINABALU : To fill the leadership vacuum, Parti Warisan is offering to be the bridge for West Malaysian brothers and sisters to join hands with Sabah and Sarawak, to create racial harmony, to forge unity, to champion inclusiveness and to make Malaysia a progressive and develop nation.

“No one shall feel like being treated as second class or third class anymore, where we can all proudly call ourselves Malaysians. Its time we have a leader that serve the people and nation, a leader that doesnt serve himself and his cronies in the name of religion, race and progress,” said Warisan Api-Api Chinese Coordinator, Michelle Mok.

“Hence, I would like to take this opportunity to plead to all Malaysians in Sabah and West Malaysian : Let us give Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal a chance by voting Party Warisan together during the soon-to-be-held 15th General Election (GE15).

“Lets come together to reignite hope for our beloved nation. 7 decades of rule under the leadership from Peninsula have brought about destitution, disunity, sense of hopelessness, regression and impoverishment, don’t you think enough is enough? This coming GE 15 is the golden opportunity. Please come out to vote for Warisan,” she said in a statement released here today.

Michelle said together with Sabah and Sarawak, history can be created and the current political landscape can be transformed, moving Malaysia away from race-based politics and embrace a new political culture which transcend beyond race and religion.

“Race-based politics are not so prominent in both Sabah and Sarawak.

“In fact, Sabah and Sarawak have a beautiful multiracial heritage whereby Sabahans and Sarawakians can sit together at one table regardless of race and religion.

Michelle pointed out that Malay Sabahans or Sarawakians, in general, have total respect for others’ cultural traditions and religious beliefs and can sit together over meals without fear of violating his or her
own faith.

“Multiculturalism is a value close to our President, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s heart. He has advocated unity regardless of race and religion since he founded Party Warisan in Sabah six years ago i.e., 2016.

“Although Party Warisan started in Sabah, the party has nationalised and expanded its base to West Malaysia since December 2021. Shafie remains consistent with his values and beliefs – uniting all Sabahans and Malaysians regardless of race and religion.

“I recalled his speech at Party Warisan Penang function in late November last year. Although some Chinese and Indian audiences were eating pork and drinking beer, Shafie greeted them table by table.

“He even cheered with them with a glass of warm water and took group photos with the audience. This is a fine example of having faith in one’s religion and the ability to respect others while advocating unity.

“Have you ever met such a humble, down-to-earth, open-minded Malay Muslim leader in West Malaysia? I guess we all have the answer.

Shafie is always there for the people, he understands inclusiveness and only a leader like that can formulate mutually beneficial national policies that are essential for national development,” Michelle said.

“Aside from his annual Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, he also celebrates Chinese New Year with the Chinese, Deepavali with the Indians, Harvest Festival with the Kadazans, Wesak Day with the Buddhists and Christmas with the Christians.

“In God we trust, unite we must. We are here to build a nation,” she concluded.