I have been telling all along, Najib’s blue-eyed boy, Datuk Shafie Apdal the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, also one of the three Vice-President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Member of Parliament for Semporna, Sabah since 1995, is a failure because his own Semporna has been neglected badly up till now.
Shafie spents a lot of his time in KL with his actress mistress and rumour says that he has secretly married Miss Zahida Rafik in London, of course he is denying all these and when asked in Semporna recently if there was any truth in the rumours, there was a categorical denial by Shafie. Lets wait and see how this story takes shape.
When Shafie was elected as MP for Semporna in 1995, East-Coast Sabah dreamily believed that the numerous maladies in the community would cease to exist. They believed that his election was indicative of a vigorous wind of political and social change that was blowing across Tawau, Lahad Datu and Semporna. Shafie himself vowed that his election would demarcate the conclusion of grisly “politics as usual” from the commencement of political and democratic freshness. However, as Shafie continues on, it is abundantly clear that Shafie has not only failed to deliver in a general sense, but he has also completely betrayed his most loyal constituency — Semporna.
The unemployment rate continued to rise. Crime rate is not getting any lower. There is no major development projects in Semporna. Drug related crimes are on the rise. Illegals rule the town as though Semporna is part of Mindanao.
It is fact that Shafie has been completely disconnected with the Semporna community. He has failed to articulate any policy that would deal with the crisis that is evident in Semporna. Rather, Shafie is much more focused on articulating and enacting policies about issues that are close to his heart, such as becoming the next Chief Minister of Sabah, as well as becoming a potent mouthpiece to annihilate Musa Aman’s vision to bring development and create economic prosperity to Sabah.
Any intellectually honest person in Sabah must look at Shafie’s demonstrable disregard for Sabah issues and come to the unavoidable conclusion that Sabah is the very least of Shafie’s concerns. So obvious is this fact that even some of Shafie’s most ardent supporters in Semporna have begun voicing strident denunciations of their MP. The latest assault on Shafie from his UMNO Sabah compatriots is evidence of this phenomenon.
Remember when Shafie was Director of Yayasan Sabah during the time when his uncle was Chief Minister for 9 months, Yayasan Sabah nearly went bankrupt, I have plenty of stories regarding this dark times Yayasan Sabah was going through, will keep it for another time, but for now watch this video below: