PARTI Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal is expected to embark on a series of roadshows next week despite talks Warisan leaders had gone under the radar due to the ongoing graft probe.
Shafie was among 11 men remanded in a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in federal funds meant for Sabah rural projects between October and November last year.
Others remanded include the party’s vice-president Peter Anthony and Youth chief Azis Jamman.
All three men are still on bail when MACC re-arrested Anthony and was allowed to detain him for three days by the court on his alleged involvement of a RM155-million land purchase in the Tongod district by the Rubber Industry Smallholders Association (Risda).
It is understood Anthony had facilitated the land deal but as the native titles could not be converted, the lawyer appointed by Risda, Michael Ubu, as trustee failed to return the 10% deposit for the land.
According to Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking, instead of keeping a low profile, Shafie will still keep the party’s momentum, although the party is troubled by the MACC probe on its leaders.
The Semporna MP will make his presence felt in several districts in Sabah’s east coast and also in the federal territory of Labuan, he said.
Shafie’s aide Zamri Ishak said Warisan will not disclose the venue and dates where Shafie would be present during the roadshow for fear it would be sabotaged by rivals and opponents.
“The event will be called Ramah Mesra Warisan and party president (Shafie) will be delivering his speeches there… Sort of to keep the party’s momentum ahead of the general election,” he said.
The Ramah Mesra Warisan programme will be held within the Kota Belud, Tuaran, Labuan and Beaufort parliamentary constituencies from January 10 until end of the month.
The party anticipates the programme will draw over 20,000 people.