Give Anwar time to unite Malaysia, says Shafie

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) has called on the people to give time to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to unite the country.

“We have to give space to Anwar to lead the country because he has the experience to do so,” the Warisan president said to reporters after attending the tabling of the 2023 Sabah Budget here on Friday (Nov 25).

“Unity is very crucial for the country to move forward. That is what the King had advised before too,” Shafie added.

When asked his opinion on being part of Anwar’s unity government, Shafie, whose Warisan won only three seats in GE15, said they had been Pakatan Harapan allies before.

“We have the experience from GE14 so there is no issue working closely together.

“We (Warisan) were the first to sort of declare our support to Anwar and also Barisan Nasional (to form the government),” he said.

On speculation that he might be given a senior position in the Cabinet, Shafie said he has not held talks with Anwar.

“I haven’t heard anything. I have yet to see Anwar, I’ll be seeing him next week,” he said, with a smile.