Warisan expands to Peninsular Malaysia, embraces Muda as GE15 partner

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Formerly known as Parti Warisan Sabah, Warisan has affirmed its political pact with Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda).

Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Malaysians must be given a choice in the next upcoming general election.

“There must be a transition from a race and religion-based political system to a more inclusive multi-racial system.

“We are providing a platform to make changes to the political situation in the country.”

Shafie said, however, no decision had been made so far to extend the current political pact with other parties, including those from Pakatan Harapan and Pejuang.

“So far, we have discussed (confirmed) with Muda about the (Warisan-Muda) cooperation. But we have yet to reach a decision on the rest (working with other parties).

“With Muda, this our (first) choice (on political pact). Hence, we will make sure to strengthen our ‘house’ (the cooperation) before moving forward.

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“But it does not mean we are shutting the doors to others. In politics, anything can happen, but we must also realise that there are parties with the same values as ours,” he told reporters after launching the Warisan national division at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Shafie emphasised there is a need to restructure the political system in Malaysia seeing racial tensions are still rampant.

“The country has been independent for more than 60 years but there are still racial issues.

“The Malays would not die if there is no Umno, Islam would not be crippled if there is no Pas, the Chinese will survive without DAP.

“There is no Umno in Indonesia, there is no Pas in Brunei, and no DAP in China. So, when you use race and religion (to drive politics) it is very divisive,” he said.

“We are here to serve the people and country and want to put Malaysia on the right path,” he said.

Shafie added that Warisan would need to be practical concerning the setting up of its divisions across Peninsular Malaysia.

“We cannot assume that the party will contest in all states. We have to be pragmatic.

“I have been in politics for a long time. We need to carry out a review on this matter with my friends, the Muda president, to see how we can make this happen.

“For the time being, we have yet to appoint the division chiefs. The party also has not even announced its liaison chairman,” he said.

Shafie also emphasised that Warisan was never a party just for Sabahans as it was meant to champion the interests of all races.

“Do not get it wrong, Warisan is never just for Sabahans, it is for everyone. The party was even registered under the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in Putrajaya.

“If Pas or Umno and even PKR can contest in Sabah and Sarawak, why Warisan cannot field their candidates in the peninsula?” he said.

Warisan was formed in October 2016 and has eight Members of Parliament, 19 state assemblymen in Sabah.

Shafie, who is the Semporna MP formed Warisan after leaving his vice-president post in Umno following a dispute with the then Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Warisan has positioned itself as a centre-spectrum party, as opposed to right-wing Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional, and left-wing Pakatan Harapan.