KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — There is no autonomy for Sabah as even fishing activities there require official approval from Putrajaya, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal claimed today.
The founder of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) said he wants lesser intervention from the federal government in state matters.
Of course. To catch fish in Semporna also need to get license from KL. I've been in the government for the past 30 years, I know in and out," Shafie told reporters when met outside Parliament today.
The former Umno vice-president added that his new party aims to unite locals in Sabah and demand more autonomy for the state.
“Definitely (more autonomy). That's what the Sabah people want,” Shafie said.
The Semporna MP added that discussions between his new party and other parties, including leaders from Umno and the opposition have been ongoing in the hopes of forming a “united front” in Sabah.
Warisan was formed earlier this week after it was approved by the Registrar of Society (ROS).
Shafie said the party’s annual general meeting has been conducted and the pro tem deputy president is Penampang MP Darell Leiking.
The three vice presidents are Sulabayan state assemblyman Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, Likas state assemblyman and former Sarawak DAP secretary Junz Wong, and Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) Malaysia President Datuk Peter Anthony.