I'm not crazy about becoming Sabah chief minister: Shafie

Kristy Inus

LAHAD DATU: Former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal today denied that he left Umno because he did not get the Sabah chief minister's post.

The Parti Warisan Sabah president, during the party’s Silam roadshow here which was shared on his Facebook post, said he was offered the post but had rejected it because he wanted to serve the people in his existing capacity in the federal cabinet portfolio then.

“I am not crazy about becoming the CM. I have been running in the Parliamentary constituency and if I wanted to become CM I would contested in state assembly seat instead.

“In fact many (state) leaders wanted me to (be the CM) but I had to decline because I want to serve the 'kampung' (village) folks.

“I left Umno not because I was disappointed of not getting the post but because I have advised him (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) as a friend to take action and investigate the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) issue... Instead, I was suspended,” he said in a video posting.

Shafie was responding to Najib’s revelation yesterday that a former federal minister and Barisan Nasional leader had met him to ask to be appointed as Sabah chief minister.

Although no name was mentioned, the prime minister's remark was believed to be aimed at Shafie.

The former Umno vice-president left the party in July last year and later formed the new Sabah's opposition party.