The party is aware of its peninsula bosses’ stand of supporting the Pakatan Harapan presidential council’s decision to back PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the post, but they believe Shafie is still the best candidate.
Sabah Amanah chief Lahirul Latigu described Shafie’s nomination as a break from tradition that had seen the prime minister post being solely dominated by leaders from Peninsular Malaysia.
“In line with the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Sabah Amanah strongly supports Shafie’s nomination as the ninth prime minister,” he said, in a statement here today.
“Shafie fits the bill as he is a capable and experienced leader due to the various ministerial roles he had previously held at the federal level and with his position now as chief minister.
“His candidacy is a form of openness and political determination that gives an opportunity for the nation’s leadership to be spearheaded by a leader from Sabah, and Borneo in general.”
Towards this end, Lahirul said Shafie’s nomination is significant for Sabah and in line with the basis for the formation of Malaysia.
He believed that with Shafie as premier, the rights of Sabah and Sarawak could be realised.
Besides that, it also gives hope to an equal distribution of wealth and development for the states throughout the country, pointing out it has been imbalanced so far.