Is having a Sabahan PM a good idea?


Esther Sinirisan Chong

To have Mohd Shafie Apdal as prime minister is certainly cause for celebration in Sabah, but there needs to be a closer look at why he has been named Pakatan Plus’ candidate for the post. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 6, 2020.

IN a first for the country, the idea of an East Malaysian prime minister is being touted after Dr Mahathir Mohamad nominated Mohd Shafie Apdal for the top job should Pakatan Harapan and its allies, working together under the Pakatan Plus banner, wrest federal power. The unilateral announcement came on the heels of PH’s failure to agree on a candidate for the post.

Many find Dr Mahathir’s pick confounding. Will the combo of Shafie as prime minister, and Anwar Ibrahim and Mukhriz Mahathir as his deputies solve the pact’s infighting over who should take the premiership?


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