The results of the 15th General Election (GE15) has undoubtedly shocked Malaysians. Both Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) are racing to work with other parties to have a majority in order to form a government.
Although there are a wide range of possibilities on what could happen and which parties could work together to form a government, some have completely ruled out the possibility of working with another.
One of the key players to help form this majority is Sabah-based party Warisan, led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who has just announced that the party will only work with the coalition that prioritises Sabah, has what it takes to form a stable government and can ensure Warisan’s survival.
“The coalition that gains our confidence will be the one that prioritises the people of Sabah, guarantees political stability and ensures the survival of Warisan as a party.”
During a press conference today (November 20) Shafie said, “We have to be very pragmatic about this.”
He added that although it wanted to be in government, Sabah always came first for Warisan.
“I must be very realistic. First thing is the Sabah side, and then Sarawak for the Borneo bloc. I cannot be just thinking about those guys in Kuala Lumpur,” added Shafie.
Although Warisan contested a total of 53 parliamentary seats in the 15th general election (GE15), the party only managed to win 3 — Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kota Belud — which are all in Sabah.
The final tally from yesterday showed that PH, which Warisan worked with during GE14, had won 82 seats, with PN a close second with 73 seats.
No coalition has gained the simple majority of 112 seats required to form the next government.
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