KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has come under fire for casting aspersions on a Sabahan being named a Prime Minister candidate.
In a statement on Monday, Warisan Kota Kinabalu branch chief Samuel Wong said there were no laws requiring a Chief Minister to resign prior to being nominated as a Prime Minister candidate.
“This is only a nomination and not an appointment. Where did Yong read that a Chief Minister must first resign before being nominated as a Prime Minister candidate?”
He said that this recognition to Sabah was timely as Sabah had been sidelined for too long.
“As a Sabahan, Yong should gracefully welcome and support this nomination and be proud that a fellow Sabahan has been nominated instead of giving nonsensical opinions which nobody wants to hear.
“Does Yong feel that Semenanjung candidates are far more superior than Sabahans? Maybe Yong should tell us why he thinks a fellow Sabahan is less qualified than Semenanjung leaders.”
Wong said it was time an East Malaysian Prime Minister offered a different perspective and approach to address the racial and religious conflicts faced by the nation as a whole.
“At the same time provide a solution to the long overdue perennial problems faced by Sabah and Sarawak.”
Does Yong as a fellow Sabahan not realise that being nominated is already a historical milestone for Sabah?, he asked.
“The majority of Sabahans if not all, are definitely feeling proud a fellow Sabahan is finally given due recognition.
“So what is there for Yong to feel bad about? Why is Yong trying to undermine such an important and crucial historical event which is so close to most if not all Sabahans’ hearts?”
Wong concluded that it is time for all Malaysians to focus on nation building rather than politicking.
“It is time to end the current political and economical stalemate. It is time for all Malaysians to experience a new paradigm shift. It is also time to embark into a new political system without prejudice.”
These hopes and aspirations, I can rest assure all Malaysians, can be delivered by a Sabahan, he said.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had earlier announced that the Pakatan Harapan Plus coalition had agreed to a proposal that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal be made its candidate for the nation’s top job.