Shafie greeting a customer at Foh Sang during the walkabout. — Borneo Post photo
Sunday July 17, 2022 07:52 MYT
KOTA KINABALU, July 17 – Warisan Party Chairman Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has said the government must look for ways to help the rakyat with clear policies that are not only short term but also long term.
Speaking to reporters after a walk in Foh Sang here today, he said those he spoke to complained about the rising price of goods, the shortage of supplies as well as the high cost of life.
“They also told me that they wanted me to continue fighting for them. I am touched and happy with their support which I hope will translate into votes in the next general election.
“We need numbers and if we have the strength our voices will be louder. You give the number to the other party, how sure are you that they will help air our grievances,” Shafie said.
“We not only need political stability, but also leadership that can manage our finances, otherwise not only will our economy deteriorate, but our rakyat will face more problems,” he added.
Shafie said the government must look at the root cause of these problems, which is not caused solely by the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“It’s not just because of the war. If your home is well managed, no problem. Malaysia has an income of less than RM200 billion but its expenditure is RM300 billion, where do you get the extra? Taxes?
“No, you don’t have to, but instead you should reduce your running costs, like maybe a pay cut for ministers and deputy ministers. The government should also reduce the number of people in government delegations traveling abroad,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the question of which seats Warisan will contest in the next general election, Shafie said that would be enough for the party.
“If PBS wants to be friends with us, we will accept but if they don’t, we will not force but we want to have the voice to defend the rights of the people of Sabah,” he stressed.
Asked if he sees local parties uniting in the future to defend Sabah’s rights, Shafie replied: “Yes, but it will take time.
“Yes, it can happen, but we have to start the work now. Multiracialism in the country is significant. As in the United States, it took 300 years for Barrack Obama to become president.
“I know it may not come true in my time but I am doing it for future generations, we have to start the fight now and instill unity,” he added. — Borneo Post