SEMPORNA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has launched a stinging attack on Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, describing the former Umno vice-president as someone who was ungrateful and who stabbed him in the back by quitting the party.
“I gave him the extraordinary opportunity of becoming a vice-president and appointed him as the rural and regional development minister to transform the rural areas, especially in Sabah,” the Umno president said at the launch of the Semporna International Tourism Centre here.
Najib said he had advised Shafie, who now heads the opposition Parti Warisan Sabah, to discuss his decision to quit Umno with state party chief Tan Sri Musa Aman, adding that his advice was ignored.
“I was disappointed that under certain circumstances he stabbed me in the back. It is painful when a close friend does that to you,” he said.
Najib also expressed confidence that Semporna, where Shafie is the incumbent, would remain with Barisan Nasional (BN) at the coming polls.
“I am moved by the very warm welcome accorded to me today on my visit to Semporna, and I am touched by the Semporna people’s undivided loyalty to BN,” he said, adding that he would continue to focus on the people of Semporna who remained loyal to BN.
He said Umno leaders derived their strength from the party, giving as an example Umno founder Datuk Onn Jaafar who left the party over policy differences and later set up Parti Negara.
“Leaders leave Umno because their ideals are not realised and because they give priority to personal interests. They should, in fact, give preference to the party struggle,” he said. – Bernama