Warisan will field candidates in all 26 Parliament seats in sabah and Labuan in the 15th General Elections (GE15).
Speaking to senior journalists at the Concorde Club meeting on Tuesday, 11 October 2022, Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal who is Warisan President said that the move is in line with the voting patterns in Sabah and Sarawak.
“Sabahans and Sarawakians are opting for locally-based parties.”
“They (Sarawakians) voted for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). Whatever it is, they made a bold statement by voting for GPS.”
“In Sabah, we will go for local parties too,” said Shafie.
The Concorde Club is an informal group of editors and senior journalists meeting with politicians and key policy makers.
Elaborating on the prospects of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), Shafie also said he was confident that Sabahans will see GRS as a coalition that is dictated by Malayan-based Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
“How can Bersatu dictate parties like Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and even work closely with UMNO?”
“GRS (Bersatu) is in combination with UMNO. They are working in Sabah but fighting against themselves in Peninsular Malaysia. So can you imagine, is there clarity in it?” Shafie questioned.
On the potential outcome of GE15, Shafie said there might not be any coalition that could single-handedly secure a majority, which is why Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan’s 57 seats will play a major role in deciding who forms the next Federal Government.
“I don’t think any coalition will be able to secure two-thirds, and that’s where Sabah and Sarawak will unite us,” added Shafie.
Parliament was hastily dissolved on Monday, 10 October to pave way for GE15.
The Election Commission (EC) will announce a nomination day and polling date within 60 days from the date of dissolution.
In a separate announcement yesterday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is Chairman of the Malayan-based Perikatan Nasional (PN) declared that a victory for GRS candidate is a victory for PN and Bersatu.