The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Battle of families expected – Shafie
PENAMPANG: Parti Warisan Sabah pledges to put Sabah back on the right path and is prepared for the likelihood of pitting families in face-offs on polling day.
Its president, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, said there is no alternative but to fight his brother and cousin who are in Barisan Nasional (BN).
“I would love to have them on my side but they make their own choices,” he told a crowd in Kampung Kituau, Penampang on Saturday night.
Another notable family contesting each other is the Kitingan. Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan is highly anticipated to defend his Keningau parliamentary constituency and state seat of Tambunan.
Pairin's brother, Crispin, is an active member of Warisan often invited to speak for the party while their brother-in-law, Justin Alip, is the chief coordinator of Warisan in Tambunan.
“Let's look at the bigger picture, which is to put Sabah back on the right path to ensure that the future generations do not suffer as a result of the damage BN has inflicted on Sabah.
“We are in politics not to help our brothers but to help the rakyat. We love our brothers but they are in BN,” said Shafie.
The Sabah state elections this year will again witness several parties contesting but Shafie says what is more important is for the people to realise that the power lies in their hands.
“That is why Warisan is a party for all Sabahans. When we come together as one, as anak Sabah, we can forge the way forward to become a force to be reckoned with in Malaysia.”
At the event, Shafie received 1,318 applications from members of BN component parties in Penampang to join Warisan.