KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — The “Sabah for Sabahans” rallying cry used by Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s new party will not gain traction among the natives there, the acting division chief for Semporna Umno said today.
Datuk Seri Nasir Sakaran said the call was “outdated” and claimed that what Sabahans really wanted was inclusivity as a federation partner.
“This issues has been brought before by other parties in Sabah. This issue is already outdated.
“Sabahans are more than just wanting to be at state level, they want to be a part of Malaysia. You have to look it at a national level,” he told reporters when met at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly.
The Senallang assemblyman added that Barisan Nasional (BN) has already brought a lot of development to the state and the people we’re grateful to it.
“Under BN, we have got a lot of development in Sabah. People are mature and they are comfortable with the current government,” Nasir said.
He added that the Semporna Umno division has gone through a massive revamp in the past two months after Shafie, its former chief who left to found Parti Warisan Sabah.
“The situation is Semporna has gotten better. In the early stages when Shafie left Umno, a lot of the leadership was confused and concerned,” Nasir explained.
He said the division had to even get a new office as they were allegedly locked out of their former office and party documents destroyed.
Nasir claimed less than half of the Umno division there left for Shafie’s new party and the division is strong enough to retain the Semporna parliamentary seat in the next elections.
“People are mature and they can think for themselves. They are smart to think which can give more benefit to them. We are confident that Umno and BN can win,” he stressed.
Shafie who was also one of Umno’s three vice-presidents, quit the Malay nationalist party after he was suspended for speaking out against the top leadership together with Opposition politicians.
The former minister formed a new Sabah based party together with former PKR Vice President Darell Leiking on the pretext of fighting for local issues.