Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak has backed a proposal to nominate Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for the prime minister post.  

DAP Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen said Shafie’s nomination would resolve the impasse in choosing between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the top job.   

“More than three months after the fall of Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, there is still no progress in the Mahathir-Anwar impasse. The mistrust between the two and their factions are just too deeply rooted.     

“DAP can wait for another three months, six months or even until the next general election but we believe Malaysia cannot afford another month of the Perikatan Nasional government’s destruction of the country’s system,” he said in a statement on Sunday.  

Chong said, with Shafie at the helm of the federal government, it would improve the relationship between West Malaysia and East Malaysia along with fixing the lopsided development.  

“It has always been the sore point in the hearts of most East Malaysians that we have been neglected over the past half century since the birth of Malaysia. Such sentiment has even led to the secession movements in the two East Malaysian states.    

“With Shafie as prime minister of Malaysia, it will definitely improve the East-West relationship and imbalanced development between East and West Malaysia. It will also facilitate the fight for more rights for the two East Malaysian states,” he said.  

Chong also said the Sabah Chief Minister would also foster racial harmony and religious freedom.  

“With Shafie as the Prime Minister, it is the best chance for Malaysia to rebuild the harmonious racial and good inter-religious relationship of the past which is still the hallmark of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.