KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has slammed Pakatan Harapan for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government.
He said Pakatan received their mandate, as Federal Government, but was “stolen” following the “Sheraton Move” last year by the same parties they now seek to work with.
“Yes, we agreed (the mandate was stolen) and yet, now, we are working with them. As a leader and a politician in this country, we have to have clarity,” the Parti Warisan Sabah president said while debating the Royal Address in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 15).
The “Sheraton move” refers to the meeting held at the hotel in February last year between various factions before the change in the Federal Government.
He pointed out that the root cause of the current instability in the country’s political landscape was due to the people’s mandate being stolen after the 14th general election.
“We don’t have the numbers. We are playing with numbers for human lives in this country?” he asked.
He said even if he doesn’t sign the MoU, that does not mean he does not care for the country or its people.
It also wouldn’t mean he is damaging the country’s unity, he added.
The Warisan president explained that the priority should always be the country and its people, but many are now driven by “greed and lust” for positions.
“I could have been there if I wanted to. But are those the values that I have?” Shafie said.
He said he was even willing to go against his own brother Datuk Mohd Yusof Apdal – who remained with Umno, after Shafie was suspended from the party.
“This is not about my blood, but it is for the country and the rakyat,” he said.
Yusof has since joined Warisan after GE14.
He said elected representatives had taken their oaths in Parliament to defend the people, but unfortunately many were fighting for position and power.
On Monday (Sept 13), the government and opposition leaders signed a historic MoU in Parliament, paving the way for a bipartisan and consensus approach in bringing stability and reform for the nation