The party expected MACC to pick up Shafie last month, and Shafie himself expected to be detained last week, says party vice- president Junz Wong

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah is ready to continue with its struggle even if its president Mohd Shafie Apdal is detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), its vice-president Junz Wong was reported as saying today.

He said Warisan was ready to deal with any possibility.

He was responding to MACC’s probe into the misappropriation of federal government funds meant for Sabah, which has seen a number of Shafie’s aids and Warisan leaders picked up for questioning.

“We will continue to rally our members and our programmes will go on. If (Shafie is) picked up, Darell (Leiking) will be acting president, and he will run the party’s administration. All of them have been briefed. We have plans and work will continue,” he said, reported New Straits Times.

Wong, who is also Likas assemblyman, said Shafie had given a thorough motivational talk and briefing to party members. He added that the party had conducted many meetings in many different levels.

He said the party’s main machinery was aware of what was happening and what will likely happen.

“We expected it (MACC to pick up Shafie) to happen last month and Shafie also expected to be detained at the airport (on Oct 6), but nothing happened. I think they (MACC) have changed their tactics.

“However, we are prepared for (the arrest). Of course, our people are emotional, but I think they understand that this is a long struggle. It’s not going to be easy, but we are not worried about it.”

Wong said Shafie had informed party members that he was not worried as he was not involved in corrupt practices and is willing to assist MACC.

Wong also described the investigation on their leaders as “political intimidation and attempt to break our leaders”.

He also asked why MACC was only focusing its probe on projects under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry in Sabah and not in other states as well.

He further said Warisan was all for clean government, but was against selective prosecution, adding that there were many more obvious cases while mentioning Yayasan Sabah.

“It’s interesting to see where it goes, whether there are more BN fellows who will be picked up like Yusof,” he said, referring to Shafie’s other younger brother Mohammad Yusof Apdal.

Since Oct 5, MACC had detained six individuals in Sabah and Putrajaya.

The six individuals are Shafie’s younger brother Hamid Apdal, Warisan vice-president Peter Anthony, Warisan Youth chief Mohd Azis Jamman, Tenom Umno Youth chief Jamawi Jaafar, Tawau Umno Youth chief Ariffin Kassim and a local businessman, Yu Sin Kong.