Shafie: Opposition Split, Can’t Decide on CM Candidate

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Unlike the opposition, Warisan Plus only has one candidate for Sabah chief minister, said Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“That shows how divided they are,” the caretaker chief minister told reporters after filing his nomination for the Senallang seat, where he is the incumbent, in Semporna this morning.

“They have many parties but so do we as we have PKR, Amanah, DAP and Upko. But for Warisan Plus, there is only one candidate for chief minister.”

Shafie, who is also Warisan president, was commenting on Warisan Plus’ chances against the opposition, which consists of Perikatan Nasional (PN), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Bersatu Sabah.

The opposition grouping has now called itself Gabungan Rakyat Sabah for the state elections.

Within the grouping, the PN coalition consists of Bersatu, SAPP and STAR, while BN is fielding candidates from Umno and MCA.

PN runs the federal government but is the opposition in Sabah, which has been led by Warisan since the 2018 general election.

Up until now, the opposition has not agreed on a single candidate for the Sabah chief minister position.

Prime Minister and Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin has hinted that it plans to nominate Bersatu Sabah chief Hajiji Noor for the post if they manage to wrest the state from Warisan.

But BN has also signalled that it plans to install Sabah Umno chief Bung Mokhtar Radin for the position by getting the Kinabatangan MP to contest a state seat.

To make things murkier, Muhyiddin said the opposition pact will form a Gabungan Rakyat Sabah state government if it wins the polls on September 26.

Shafie will defend the Senallang seat in a five-cornered contest also involving candidates from PN, USNO, PCS and PPRS.

Meanwhile, Shafie declined to comment why former chief minister Musa Aman did not file his nomination today.

“Whether he contests or not, Warisan Plus still has to win the elections to become government again,” said Shafie.

One of the highly anticipated events today was whether Musa would contest in the state elections despite BN Sabah chief Bung Mokhtar Radin saying otherwise.

But Bernama reported Musa could not be found at the nomination centre, Dewan Serbaguna Libaran, in Sandakan at the close of nominations at 10am. – TMI