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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Shafie Apdal takes over Sabah local party

Former Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal appeared at the Registrar of Societies (ROS) building in Putrajaya today to apply for a change in the name, logo and constitution of an existing party, which he recently took over.

However, the Semporna MP refused to reveal the name of the party when met by reporters, after spending two hours in the building.

Shafie said the new name would only be announced once ROS gives its green light.

“Alhamdulillah, today we got the chance to present (come to ROS), but we are not registering a new party. It is an existing party, only there are changes in the name, logo and details of the party so that it can fulfil our struggles.

“Hold on, wait first (for the name of the new party). The time will come and I will announce it later. Right now we will give ROS time to do what needs to be done,” Shafie told reporters at the premises of ROS' office in Putrajaya.

Malaysiakini had earlier reported that Shafie was at ROS' office to register his new party.

He arrived at around 9.35am, and was accompanied by PKR parliamentarian Darell Liking and Sulabayan assemblyperson Jaujan Sambakong.

Shafie said that ROS would not likely take much time to approve the changes, as he had fulfilled each one of its rules and requirements.

When asked why he was forming the party, Shafie said the goal was to change the country.

“We will work with all quarters and we will see on what platform, so that change will happen in Sabah itself,” he said.

Shafie, after quitting Umno, said on July 4 his new party would attract large numbers once it is set up.

The former Semporna Umno chief made the statement after Umno suspended his membership in a controversial party purge that saw the sacking of former deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir.

All the affected leaders had been highly critical of Umno president Najib Razak and his leadership, in particular over the 1MDB scandal.

Shafie's suspension at the time also saw the departure of Umno Semporna deputy chief Jaujan Sambakong along with three wing chiefs and 300 branch chiefs on June 27.

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