KUCHING: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal will end the toxicity of racial and religious politics that has plagued the nation, said Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.
He said with the former being at the helm of government, it would mean better inclusivity that Sarawak had perhaps never felt before, especially in terms of federal-state relations.
“The best way to break such toxic sentiments is to promote an East Malaysian, especially one that is moderate, open-minded and consistently upholds the spirit of multiculturalism.
“This is in which is being reflected in how we East Malaysians have consistently practiced and continue to live peacefully and harmoniously even in a multiracial and multireligious society for more than 50 years,” he said.
Dr Yii said this in a Facebook post on Thursday (July 16). Earlier, Sarawak DAP threw its support behind Shafie to be nominated as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) prime minister nominee.
Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said on Thursday that Sarawak had autonomy from the national DAP leadership in terms of choosing their nominee for prime minister.
He said, while it respected the decision by the PH presidential council to reaffirm the coalition’s support for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, the party was on the same page as its Sabah counterpart.
“Having a Prime Minister from East Malaysia will help us move beyond the old politics that has entrapped us for so long and help shape a new narrative of tolerance and inclusivity for our nation.
“We believe it is time an East Malaysian be at the forefront to transform Malaysia into a more moderate country, building a ‘New Malaysia’ we all have been striving to achieve,” said Dr Yii.