Bersatu plans to expand in Sabah following requests from ex-Umno members who wish to join the party
By AZREEN HANI / Pic By BERNAMA
Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the party will continue to work with Pakatan Harapan amid Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s entry into Sabah.
Mohd Shafie, who is also the chief minister of Sabah, said the laws do not prohibit the entry of Bersatu or any other party in the state.
“We have worked with Pakatan Harapan before, and after the elections, we formed the federal government together, and we will continue to work with them, for the best interests of the people,” Mohd Shafie said in a press statement yesterday.
“With regard to the entry of Bersatu into Sabah, we cannot stop them, or any other party for that matter. Our laws also allow for new parties to be formed,” he added.
“We are, however, very clear with our party’s stand and direction.”
Last Friday, Prime Minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the party is expanding to Sabah following requests from ex-Umno members who wish to join the party.
Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the party will discuss with Warisan on any move to spread its influence in the state, following massive resignations of Umno leaders in the state in December last year.
It has been reported that there were about 100,000 applications to join Bersatu, with the bulk of it were mostly former Umno members.
Former Umno leader Datuk Ronald Kiandee had said in a news report that the number is expected to grow and will enable Bersatu to open at least 25 divisions as soon as it was officially formed in the state.
“My advice is not to be emotional and we remain focused to develop the state for the benefit of the people of Sabah. Governing Sabah to the best of our ability and ensuring that our rights will be reinstated and affirmed as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963 remain our priority,” Mohd Shafie said.
“The people of Sabah have given Warisan the mandate to govern Sabah in the 14th General Election,” Mohd Shafie said.