Shafie Adopts Wait-And-See Stance On PM Issue

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was seen as a solution to much wrangling over who is to be the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.

But now that Pakatan Harapan has decided to stick to its original plan of naming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the post, the whole game plan is up in the air.

This new development has made it very clear to Shafie, who is Chief Minister, that PH is being indecisive on the issue.

“It clearly shows that but we will have to wait and see,” he said during a working trip to Keningau today.

He said when his name was suggested by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he believed those involved saw it as a solution to the impasse between Anwar and Dr Mahathir.

He felt if having a leader from Sabah as prime minister could be the solution to the leadership tussle, it should not be a problem.

“It does not necessarily have to be me, as I have not decided as well. But we have gained our independence for almost 60 years so why not, I don’t see a problem, ” he added.

Shafie who had asked for some time to think things over before making a decision said he had also not heard from Anwar.

The PH presidential council which decided to stick to the coalition’s plan had mandated Anwar to reach out to other parties, including Shafie, towards this end.

All things considered, Shafie said the forthcoming month-long parliament sitting may be a good time to have discussions.

“Parliament will sit for a month from July 13 to Aug 27 and there are several matters that need to be discussed, so we will discuss it there and not here, ” he said.