Shafie To Meet DAP, PKR On Logo

KOTA KINABALU: Discussions will be held with PKR and DAP on the possibility of using a common logo – that of Warisan – for the state election.

Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal prefers all to use his party logo but said every party was free to decide on the matter.

“If the parties want to use their own logos then it is up to them, there is no forcing … in politics we cannot force but we must have a tactical move.

“What was suggested was that one logo would avoid confusion and some have agreed but I don’t know about PKR and DAP … I will have a meeting soon.”

Shafie, who is caretaker Chief Minister, was asked about Parti Amanah Negara’s earlier proposal that political parties aligned to Warisan use the party’s logo to contest in the coming state election.

National Amanah youth communication director Khairuddin Daud suggested that Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Upko use the Warisan logo to demonstrate unity with the Warisan leadership in the election.

Amanah, DAP and PKR are component parties of PH.

Meanwhile, to a question on fielding new and younger faces in the election, Shafie said Warisan Plus was willing to consider this but pointed out that its leadership was already made up of young people.

“(DAP’s incumbent Luyang assemblyman) Ginger Phoong is only 30, (incumbent Tanjung Aru assemblyman) Datuk Junz Wong is also in his 30s, as well as (incumbent Melalap assemblyman) Datuk Peter Anthony and (Warisan deputy president) Datuk Darell Leiking who are in their 40s.

“Among the parties in Malaysia, (we have a good) representation of young people,” he said.

He added that there could be new faces in the coming election but that the party has set several criteria, two of which were vital.

“First they must be winnable, as well as qualified and capable.

“Second, that they will not jump (to another party). There is no meaning in winning if you switch sides in the end.

“Our hope is they will be with us even if there is a political turmoil. This is the value that we must nurture and preserve,” Shafie said.

On the possibility of working with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had said he was planning to form a new party, he said Warisan needed to have a partner in the peninsula.

“We can’t administer in Sabah but not have a partner in the peninsula.

“We are not contesting there in the first place so we need friends there, and among the friends we have identified (with) for a long time is Tun,” he said.