KUALA LUMPUR – July 28, 2015: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has accepted the decision by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who left him out of the new Cabinet line up in a reshuffle announced today.
The outgoing Minister of Rural and Regional Development in a press statement accepted his dismissal even though he believed that he had done everything he could for the people.
“All along I have been fighting for the interests of the citizen and grassroots’ sentiment.
“My criticisms were only meant to strengthen Umno and to put Malaysia on the right track. If this is non-parallel with Najib’s stance, it is his right to make such a change,” he said.
Shafie, who is also an Umno vice-president reiterated that he had done his best in serving the people especially those in the rural areas since his appointment in 2009.
Shafie has been perceived to be one of Umno leaders who were critical of the way the government is handling the allegations of mismanagement at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
In May, he had suggested for the government to address public’s concerns over Lembaga Tabung Haji’s controversial purchase of 1MDB’s land parcels at the Tun Razak Exchange project.
The purchase was accused by Najib’s critics to be a bail-out of the state-owned investment vehicle that was burdened by a RM42 billion debts.
Shafie had said that the government’s credibility might be questioned if the matter was not handled well.
“I urge that this issue is looked upon seriously so that the public who have invested in Tabung Haji will not lose confidence.
“In the past, I have stated that the 1MDB issue needs to be taken seriously by answering every question (that the public has) in detail, as the matter is not just a source of worry for me but the public as well,” he said.