Time for unity to overcome challenges facing Malaysia, says Shafie

KOTA KINABALU: All leaders in Malaysia should put aside their differences and work together to overcome the challenges facing the country, says Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic).

The former Sabah chief minister said an Emergency should not be an option and that unity is the answer in these trying times.

“The collapsing domestic and global economy, which is affecting the livelihood of every Malaysian, is the real enemy,” Shafie said in a statement Sunday (Oct 25).

“I plead to all leaders in our beloved country to put aside our differences and work as one, and to put the King, country and the people first before all other issues,” he said.

According to Shafie, the nation must move forward and the people must not be disadvantaged.

Stressing that unity is the way forward, Shafie said this is the time to put aside differences, including religion and race, and join forces to fight the real enemy.

“We may not agree on many things most of the time, but at this moment, I think we can agree on one thing – we love our country.

“May God give us all the wisdom and guidance to choose the right and correct path for the benefit of the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, in IPOH, Perak Umno chairman Saarani Mohamad said declaring an Emergency would create a perception that the Perikatan Nasional government is using Covid-19 as an excuse to hold on to power.

Saarani said an Emergency was not the best way to contain the outbreak or help lessen the burden of the people.

“We also urge for aid for the economy and welfare to continue.

“This includes a moratorium, Bantuan Prihatin and other financial aid to ensure the people’s well-being is protected,” he added.