Shafie says turned down offer to be deputy in Dr M’s party

Shafie says turned down offer to be deputy in Dr M’s party

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he turned down an offer by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to be deputy president in the new party to be formed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Shafie said he would “support what needs to be supported”, but does not want any post as it is time for him to go back to his hometown to serve the people there.

“Tan Sri Muhyiddin approached me… regarding the new party and told me, ‘Datuk Shafie Apdal, you will be deputy president and I will be president,” he was quoted saying by Malay language daily Sinar Harian.

“But I said it’s OK. I am not looking to be a president or deputy president of a party. No need for that. Tun (Mahathir) can establish it, Muhyiddin can be the president, and I will support what needs to be supported.

“It is time for me to balik kampung. I need to help my people,” he added.

Dr Mahathir confirmed recently that he will be a founding member of a new political party that will ally with Pakatan Harapan to ensure straight fights against the BN ruling coalition in the coming general elections.

This comes after the opposition suffered dismal losses in the Sarawak state election as well as at the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar after three-cornered fights split opposition votes, giving BN landslide wins in all three instances.

Shafie, who quit Umno earlier this month following a suspension, was expected to join the new party along with Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, who were both sacked from Umno.

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