Shafie: Can’t Force Common Logo, but Can’t PKR Sacrifice?

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Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal has questioned why the party and its allies cannot use a common logo for the coming Sabah state election, similar to Pakatan Harapan’s use of the PKR logo in GE14.

While Shafie said his party would not force other parties to comply with such a wish, the caretaker chief minister also questioned why PKR would not be able to make a similar “sacrifice” at this time.

This comes after PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said his party would use its own logo in the state election, slated to take place next month.

This was despite an earlier suggestion for all political parties aligned to Warisan to contest in the state election using the Warisan logo.

“In the last general election, everyone used the PKR logo and DAP did not use their rocket. If they can do it in KL, why not Sabah?

“PKR also used other people’s sacrifice for them, so why can’t they sacrifice for Sabah?

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“This is only a request, we can’t force people. I don’t like to force people,” Shafie was quoted by The Star as saying last night.

For the first time since 1969, DAP had “grounded” its rocket logo for the 14th general election in May 2018 in Peninsular Malaysia.

However, the decision did not affect Sarawak and Sabah DAP due to their autonomy.

Meanwhile, despite Anwar’s statement, Sabah PKR leadership council vice-chairperson John Ghani called on the party leadership to grant autonomy to the state PKR to decide on the use of logos for the elections.

Meanwhile, Tuaran Warisan division chief Rakam Sijim said Anwar’s decision was “unwise”.

He said the success of the Warisan-led Sabah state government will have a great influence on voters in the forthcoming election.

As such, it makes sense for parties that are cooperating with Warisan, such as Upko and DAP.

However, Upko president Wilfred Madius Tangau also reportedly said that his party would use its own logo in the coming polls.

Nominations for the state election is set for Sept 12, with early voting to be held on Sept 22.

The Sabah election was triggered following the dissolution of the state government on July 30, following a political crisis involving allegations of possible defections and Musa Aman’s attempts to get sworn in as the chief minister.

Musa, a former Sabah chief minister, had claimed to have obtained support from enough state assemblypersons to get a simple majority and form a new state government.

However, he was prevented from meeting with Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin, who instead dissolved the state government.

The High Court of Sabah, sitting in Kota Kinabalu, later dismissed Musa’s legal bid to quash the dissolution, paving the way for elections. – Malaysiakini