He wanted to be Sabah chief min­is­ter, but did not get it, says PM

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AVILA GERAL­DINE SAN­DAKAN

AFORMER Barisan Na­sional leader left the coali­tion when his re­quest to be­come the next chief min­is­ter of Sabah was de­nied by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

Without men­tion­ing names, Na­jib said the for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter then formed a party to chase his own am­bi­tions.

In an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to for­mer fed­eral min­is­ter and Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Shafie Ap­dal, Na­jib said a po­lit­i­cal party that was based on per­sonal am­bi­tion would not sus­tain it­self.

When Shafie was still in BN, he was linked to fac­tions that were against Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Shafie had since left the coali­tion and formed Parti Warisan Sabah, of which he is pres­i­dent.

Na­jib, who is in Sabah on a three-day work­ing visit, said “the leader” asked to be­come chief min­is­ter.

“He asked to be­come chief min­is­ter and he did not get it. That was his per­sonal am­bi­tion.

“He left be­cause of per­sonal am­bi­tion and not be­cause BN was not good. To me, per­sonal am­bi­tion should not come be­fore the strug­gle for the peo­ple.

“How can we build a po­lit­i­cal party based on per­sonal am­bi­tion? It can­not be sus­tained.

“A party must be es­tab­lished based on pure strug­gle that shares ide­al­ism, like Umno and BN, so we can bring progress to the peo­ple,” Na­jib said dur­ing the launch of the Ta­man Batu Sapi Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Project here yes­ter­day.

The prime min­is­ter ad­vised the peo­ple here not to be fooled by prom­ises made by op­po­si­tion lead­ers, es­pe­cially those who were for­mer BN lead­ers.

“So now, he is say­ing ev­ery­thing done by the gov­ern­ment is not right, be­cause he did not get to be chief min­is­ter,” said Na­jib.

Ear­lier in his speech, Musa also took a veiled jab, rub­bish­ing the same op­po­si­tion leader’s claims that there was no de­vel­op­ment in Sabah.

“How dare he say that when he was hold­ing an im­por­tant post in the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for years. And, what has he done?

“Sabah is among the big­gest states, so, of course, it would re­quire huge al­lo­ca­tions that have been chan­nelled to many projects. How­ever, not all have reached the peo­ple,” said Musa.

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