Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today denied backstabbing caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak while in office. — Bernama picKOTA KINABALU, April 9 — Former minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today denied backstabbing caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak while in office.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president said he could not put friendship ahead of matters that put the future of the nation at stake, and claimed he confronted Najib over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue numerous times, asking him to deal with it appropriately.
“So to now accuse me of stabbing him in the back is simply ridiculous and an accusation that holds no water,” said Shafie in a statement today, in response to news reports quoting Najib as saying that he was disappointed with the incumbent Semporna lawmaker for not backing him on certain occasions.
Najib, in a visit to Shafie’s home base of Semporna today, had said he was hurt from being stabbed in the back by his close friend.
Shafie brushed aside the accusation and insisted that he had on many occasions questioned Najib “face to face”, even before the 1MDB issue made headlines in international media.
Shafie was suspended from Umno in 2015, after he was dropped from Cabinet along with then deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He then quit the party to form his own Sabah-based party.
Shafie alleged that he was suspended from Umno at the beckoning of incumbent Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who was allegedly uncomfortable with his position as Umno vice president.
“Perhaps now that I am heading Parti Warisan Sabah, Musa sees me as a bigger threat to his chief ministership, and what more, Umno’s very survival in the state,” he said.