KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has a proven track record to bring both the state and country forward should he go on to become prime minister.
Shafie’s years of experience gained through various federal positions puts him in a good place to offer the kind of leadership the country now needs.
The vote approval to Shafie’s nomination as the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) Pus coalition comes from the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda).
It is the latest to join a growing chorus of support to the idea of the Semporna MP assuming the nation’s top job.
“Having an East Malaysian as Prime Minister will spur political development in the country,” declared its president Datuk Chew Sang Hai.
He believed Shafie as Prime Minister would bring reformative changes in terms of development in Sabah and Sarawak.
“More importantly, to restore the rights due to both states under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said.
Chew’s confidence in Shafie’s leadership also stems from the various measures taken by the Chief Minister to promote property development in the state.
This includes implementing a fast-track approval system where development plans (DPs) can be approved within 24 hours.
Shafie also abolished the Central Board, launched the Sabah My Second Home campaign and facilitated two Home Ownership Campaigns (HOC) through the National Finance Council, he added.
According to Chew development of the property sector in Sabah was previously hindered by the delay in approving DPs and the Central Board system.
He added that Shafie had also demonstrated a persistent effort to attract foreign investment to Sabah with working visits to China, Japan and other countries.
“Shafie has accumulated a wealth of experience having served several ministerial posts at the federal level.
“We have full confidence in Shafie’s capability as Prime Minister to lead our country towards progress and stability.
“It will be a significant milestone in the political landscape of our country if Shafie becomes Prime Minister.”
Explaining, he said, this would pave the way for more East Malaysian leaders to helm the top leadership post at national level in future.
On June 27, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the proposal to nominate Shafie as the prime ministerial candidate for PH Plus.
It has since been heralded as a solution to break the political impasse between Dr Mahathir and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, both of whom had been jockeying for the post earlier.
In his first public remarks on this development, Shafie yesterday said he was honoured that his name had been proposed but pointed out that he needed a little time to think it over.