By Chew Lip Song
SABAH Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he was honoured to be nominated as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) candidate for the prime minister’s post but would need to consult his party colleagues first.
The Semporna MP said he would announce his decision before Parliament convenes next month.
“I am grateful for this coming from Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a man of world standing mentioning my name as the prime minister of choice,” he said, as reported by FMT.
“I have to consider the matter seriously. I have yet to consult with my political colleagues, including my Warisan deputy president (Darell Leiking).”
Adding that he had never expected such a proposal, he said he would need some time as there were also issues in Sabah which he needed to resolve.
Shafie also said he had yet to receive feedback on the proposal from PKR and DAP in the state.
He added that he did not know if he would be able to muster the support of all the MPs, but said there must be a reason Mahathir had nominated him as PH’s candidate for prime minister.
“Maybe he is trying to unite the people during this time of political upheaval.
“But I have to look into all aspects as this position will require me to think about the whole nation. I will also have to think about who will be the next chief minister of Sabah.
“I can’t just say ‘bye-bye Sabah’. I’m not the kind of man who will leave things in chaos.”
Last week, ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Shafie could be PH’s PM candidate since the coalition could not agree on whether Dr Mahathir or Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be premier if the coalition wrest back control of Putrajaya.
The idea has since won widespread support especially in Sabah and Sarawak as Shafie would be the first PM from East Malaysia if he makes it.