Flattered and delighted by Tun ‘s invitation to become the next prime minister by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today that he wants some time to ponder and reflect about it before deciding on his next step.
Shafie said that his Parti Warisan Sabah ‘s take on the move, the current political and socio-economic scenario in Sabah, as well as the aspirations of Sabahans are among the considerations that he must take into account.
Shafie predicted that it would take him less than a month to come up with a answer, but said he was assured that Dr. Mahathir meant well in suggesting his name and considering the new political situation in taking decisions.
When asked if he could believe, among other items, the former prime minister, who had reneged on his pledge to hold Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia out of Sabah, Shafie said that Dr Mahathir was always good to Sabah and Parti Warisan Sabah and gave them their dues.
In the MA63 argument, he had already sent us 17 of the more than 20 items that we asked for. We can’t get it all but that was a positive development. He also unquestionably offered three ministerial posts, while they were allies only and not yet in Pakatan Harapan. Shafie agreed that it would be the first time a Sabahan was ever offered to be the prime minister of the country, and that it would fulfill many Sabahans’ expectations. He had risen for the position with more than 33 years of federal-level service in seven separate ministries.
Dr Mahathir, who is stuck in a stalemate with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over the position of prime minister last Saturday, said he is now endorsing Shafie as the next prime minister for the PH Plus alliance and is withdrawing from the contest.
At an informal meeting at the Ruman Tetamu Sabah here two days ago with members from DAP, Amanah, and Parti Warisan Sabah he said the decision to appoint Shafie was a joint one.
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