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Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal says there is a definite need to look at the outcome of this assembly. - TRP file pic
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Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal laughed off the question if he was a traitor, after books on Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin entitled, Saya Bukan Petualang (I am not a traitor) started to surface during the 2015 Umno General Assembly.
When asked if he was a “traitor”, Shafie laughed, “what a question”.
“I am not a traitor, come on (lah), I’m the Umno vice- president.
“I was the Kedah Umno liason chief, when we took over the state government (in 2013).
“(There was a time), I spent almost every month in Sarawak, sleeping in longhouses, ensuring that the party still formed the government, being a traitor was never in my mind,” he said when met by reporters at the Laman Media, at PWTC here, today.
Shafie said there was a definite need to look at the outcome of this assembly.
“I do hope that the people’s grouses are looked at, in terms of their livelihood, cost of transportation, but we must not only listen but provide solutions. At the end of the day, they need to get comfortable and only then we will get their support.”
On the possibility of him apologising, he said: “Why do I need to apologise, I have done no wrong”.
When asked if he would be hearing from the Umno disciplinary board, he said, “What mistake have I done to be facing a hearing from them?”
“Is it just because I raised issues ? It’s just my opinion and then they asked me not to speak at the Umno General Assembly and I thought that was the way all this while, we follow.”
He said Umno was in the 21st Century and it was important for the party to address the issues faced by the people.
“You think by us hugging and shaking hands, it will put the 12 million voters at ease as there are issues still pending such as the need for proper shelter, education and job opportunities.
“We need to build confidence with local and international investors as these are quite crucial issues that should be addressed.”
When asked if he accepted the explanation on the RM2.6 billion that was received by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he said “there is a need to further explain it”.
“What is important is to resolve the matter and not just explain it.
“Once I mention details, they will say ‘see he is speaking outside’,” he said, stopping short of going further into details for a solution.
He also said that Najib was a friend, akin to a big brother and that there was no bad blood.
“I only touched on issues that were brought up by the people. These are important issues.
“We are not fighting. Let’s just solve the issues of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), bread and butter issues, the issues of the people and explain the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
“These issues are bigger than the president as they represent the fate of the party, the confidence of the majority of the people,” he added.
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