KOTA KINABALU – Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is expected to take over a multi-racial Sabah-based political party for a platform to challenge Barisan Nasional in the 14th General Election.
The Semporna Member of Parliament met the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on Thursday to discuss the takeover of the Sabah-based party and to change its name and logo.
When met by reporters at the RoS lobby Shafie, however, declined to reveal which party they were taking over and its proposed new name.
“We will make an announcement later, after we receive the approval from RoS.
“We expect this to be a straightforward process, compared to setting up a brand new party,” Shafie told reporters.
Shafie said he decided to head a new party rather than join former Umno leaders Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who registered Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) earlier this month.
“Pribumi is national-based. Our party is more Sabah-based. I’m still the Semporna MP, and I intend to defend my seat,” he said.
When asked if his party will join opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, Shafie was non-committal.
“We are open to teaming up with all parties, if we share the same mission, which is to change the ruling government,” he said.
In 2013, the RoS approved 11 new parties in Sabah.
Shafie was seen along with Penampang MP Darrell Leikeng of PKR and Sulabayan assemblyman Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, who quit Umno.