By Nashir Mansor
KOTA KINABALU, (Bernama) -- "It's still too early to gauge the impact of Parti Warisan Sabah's (Warisan) emergence in Sabah." That was Universiti Malaysia Sabah (USM) senior lecturer Dr Zaini Othman's spontaneous reply when asked to comment on Sabah's new opposition party, helmed by former UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Zaini's guarded response was typical of an academic who would need more time to gather data and analyse the information before arriving at a conclusion.
Pose the same question to a seasoned politician and you get a totally different reaction, as was the case with UMNO Putatan division youth head Shahelmey Yahya, who promptly dismissed Warisan as a party that "will go nowhere and will surely be rejected by the people of Sabah".
There is ample basis for his bleak prophecy, he stressed, as not many people would want to back a political party that was established out of frustration and anger at the ruling government.
"It's obvious the founders (of Warisan) have a personal agenda to fulfil and don't have the interests of the people or nation at heart," he said.....