Why copy Philippines in saying ‘In God we trust’? Bung Moktar asks Shafie
RANAU ― Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin took a swipe at political foe Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal on the state election campaign trail today, drawing similarities between the Warisan president’s unity slogan and the Philippines government’s catchphrase.
Bung Moktar has been persistently marking Shafie as “pro-Philippines” in the election campaign at a time when the Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr is seeking to revive his country’s claim on Sabah as its territory.
Bung Moktar continued, claiming caretaker chief minister Shafie had attempted to naturalise over half a million immigrants in Sabah.
Shafie who was appointed chief minister two years ago has repeatedly come under public scrutiny and linked to a naturalised citizenship deal in the run-up to the September 26 vote.
His election campaign is premised on national unity regardless of race and religion. Posters touting unity have appeared on billboards: “in God we trust, unite we must,”.
The Sabah Opposition have been painting Shafie who is of Bajau Laut descent of being too friendly to undocumented migrants.
The association has raised ire among some Sabahans, especially the Kadazan Murut and Dusun communities, who see the migrants as a social economic problem.