KOTA KINABALU: All the youth wings in the Warisan Plus state coalition, with the exception of PKR, have endorsed the proposal to nominate Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the next Prime Minister.
In a joint press conference here today, the youth leaderships from Warisan, DAP, Amanah and Upko threw their support behind the Semporna MP, saying this was the best opportunity to restore Sabah’s and Sarawak’s autonomy.
Speaking on behalf of the group, DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) chief Phoong Jin Zhe said they agreed that Shafie was the best choice to be the premier as he was the youngest among other candidates.
“We are fully confident Shafie is the best candidate to resolve the racial and religious issues which have long existed in the country,” said Phoong, who is also Youth and Sports Minister.
“Moreover, a Borneo Prime Minister can ensure that Sabah and Sarawak reclaim their rights as equal partners (to Malaya).”
Also present were Warisan Deputy Youth chief Mohd Ismail Ayob, Sabah Amanah Youth chief Mohd Khairuddin Daud Upko Youth chief Felix Joseph Saang.
Saang said that the wing fully supported the proposal to have the Warisan president as prime minister.
“This is something Sabahans and East Malaysia can benefit from so we can achieve our aspirations. There is no reason for Sabahans not to support him to fulfil our dreams,” he said.
Mohd Ismail also said that the opportunity to have a Sabahan as prime minister was too good to pass up.
“This will show that Sabah is an equal partner in the federation. Let’s take this chance and unite, all Sabahans and Sarawakians should brush aside their political differences and realise what a good opportunity this is,” he said.
On June 27, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had named Shafie as the Pakatan Harapan Plus candidate for the most powerful position in the country.
In urging Malaysians to rally behind the proposal, Mahathir said the first prime ministerial candidate from East Malaysia will be instrumental in building a new Malaysia that is moderate and harmonious.
Shafie has since said he felt honoured that his name had been proposed but that he would need a little time to think it over.