Heritage Party (Malaysia)

The Heritage Party (Malay: Parti Warisan or Warisan) is a multi-racial political party in Malaysia which was rebranded and renamed from the Sabah Heritage Party (Malay: Parti Warisan Sabah), a Sabah-based party led by Shafie Apdal formed earlier on 17 October 2016 after its expansion into national level politics at the end of 2021.[1][2][3]

Heritage Party
Malay nameParti Warisan
ڤرتي واريثن
Chinese name人民復興黨
人民复兴党
Rénmín fùxīng dǎng
Tamil nameசபா பாரம்பரியக் கட்சி
Capā pārampariyak kaṭci
AbbreviationWarisan
PresidentShafie Apdal
Deputy PresidentIgnatius Darell Leiking
Secretary GeneralLoretto Damien S. Padua, Jr.
FoundersShafie Apdal
Founded17 October 2016
Split fromBarisan Nasional (BN)
United Malays National Organisation Sabah (UMNO Sabah)
People's Justice Party (PKR) Sabah
Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sabah
Preceded bySabah Heritage Development Party (Parti Pembangunan Warisan Sabah)
Headquartersibu pejabat parti Warisan, No 8, Aras 1, Lorong Kompleks BSA, Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Membership (2022)250,000
IdeologyProgressivism
Multiracialism
Nationalism
Political positionCentre
National affiliationAllied coalition:
Pakatan Harapan
(2016–August 2021)
(since November 2022)
Colours  Light blue, dark blue and red
SloganBangsa Kita, Warisan Kita, Masa Depan Kita
(Our Nation, Our Heritage, Our Future)
AnthemWarisan Pertahan Warisan Negara
Dewan Negara
0 / 70
Dewan Rakyat
3 / 222
Dewan Undangan Negeri
20 / 607
Party flag
Website
partiwarisan.my

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History

The party formed an electoral allies with Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 2018 general election (GE14). Its President Shafie Apdal promised that the party would be represented within the federal cabinet if PH was elected to power.[4][5] adding that through the electoral pact they will "only work together, not joining the PH pact as their party will only contest in Sabah".[6] The party became part of the ruling bloc and federal government when PH won the 2018 general election but left the coalition in April 2021, 13 months after the Pakatan Harapan coalition was ousted from government.[7]

During the 2020 Sabah state election, the state ruling party was defeated by the informal Gabungan Rakyat Sabah state opposition coalition consisting of the federal ruling Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and United Sabah Party. Warisan failed to secure a simple majority to retain the state power, allowing the GRS coalition to form a new state government.[8]

Following the 2020 election, Warisan became the largest opposition party of the State Legislative Assembly and the Chief Minister before state election and its President Shafie Apdal became the new state Leader of the Opposition after being ousted in the state election. At its annual general meeting on 12 December 2020, members voted in favour of elevating the party from a state to a national party, as a way forward to integrate East Malaysia into decision-making for the entire nation. Following this announcement, the party was renamed the Heritage Party (Parti Warisan).[9][10]

Warisan officially began its expansion into Peninsula Malaysia on 17 December 2021 with the launch of its peninsula chapter, which would be collaborating with MUDA. At the same event, the party leader also hinted that a Peninsula Malaysian assemblyperson would be joining the party.[3] Eventually, on 22 January 2022, Bryan Lai Wai Chong, the Selangor assemblyman for Teratai joined the party to become its first peninsula assemblyperson,[11] followed two days later by Danny Law Heng Kiang from DAP Penang and Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi.[12] In February 2022, UMNO's former Kukup assemblyman Suhaimi Salleh joined the party to be its Johor state elections coordinator for the upcoming 12 March elections.[13]

On 15 February 2022, Warisan announced that they would contest in the 2022 Johor state election as a test for their support in the Peninsula.[14] Besides their Johor coordinator, ex-UMNO assemblyman Suhaimi Salleh, Warisan recruited former Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Central Working Committee (CWC) member Datuk Seri S. Sunther - son of ex-MIC Vice President Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam and former GERAKAN Johor Women's Chief Wong Siew Poh to assist Suhaimi in the election.[15] Eventually, candidates from Warisan contested in 6 of the 56 state assembly seats on offer, but failed to win any.[16]

Leadership structure

  • President:
  • Deputy President:
  • Vice-President:
    • Jaujan Sambakong
    • Junz Wong
    • Terence Siambun
  • Secretary-General:
    • Loretto Damien S. Padua Jr
  • Information Chief:
    • Azis Jamman
  • Treasurer-General:
    • Awang Ahmad Sah Awang Sahari
  • Wanita Chief
    • Norazlina Arif
  • Wira Chief:
    • Ismail Ayob
  • Wirawati Chief:
  • Supreme Council Members:
    • Daud Yusof
    • Mohammad Mohamarin
    • Mudi Dubing
    • Ahmad Hassan
    • George Hiew Vun Zin
    • Mohd Zinin Adong Ajak
    • Mazliwati Abdul Malek Chua
    • Honorsius Bosuin
    • Ben Chong Chen Bin
    • Azhar Matussin
    • Charles Ebbie
    • Ma'mun Sulaiman
    • Ahmad Shah Tambakau
    • Sarifuddin Hata
    • Arunarnsin Taib
    • Japar Awang
    • Mahadi Mumin
    • Nicholas Chak
    • Aidi Moktar
    • Mohd Taib Isai
    • Rozman Isli
    • Assaffal Samsul Kamal
    • Calvin Chong Ket Kiun
    • Justin Wong Yung Bin
    • Siti Aminah
    • Jenifer Lasimbang
    • Aziz Taib
  • National Coordinator:
    • Dr Rajiv Bhanot
  • State Coordinator:
    • Perlis: Abdul A'zib Saad
    • Kedah: Fadzil Hanafi
    • Kelantan : Khairul Azuan Kamaruddin
    • Penang: Jeff Ooi
    • Perak: Sunther Subramaniam
    • Selangor: Lai Wai Chong
    • Negeri Sembilan: Azman Idriz
    • Melaka: Ng Choon Koon
    • Johor : Suhaimi Salleh
    • Labuan : Rozman Isli

Elected representatives

Senators

  • His Majesty's appointee:

Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives)

Warisan has 3 MPs in the House of Representatives.

State No. Parliament constituency Member Party
 SabahP169Kota BeludIsnaraissah Munirah MajilisWarisan
P188Lahad DatuYusof ApdalWarisan
P189SempornaShafie ApdalWarisan
TotalSabah (3)

Dewan Undangan Negeri (State Legislative Assembly)

Sabah State Legislative Assembly

19 / 73

Selangor State Legislative Assembly

1 / 56
State No. Parliamentary

constituency

No. State constituency Member Party
 Selangor P100 Pandan N22 Teratai Lai Wai Chong Warisan
 Sabah P167 KudatN1BanggiMohammad MohamarinWarisan
N4Tanjong KaporBen Chong Chen BinWarisan
P171 Sepanggar N17DarauAzhar MatussinWarisan
P173 Putatan N22Tanjung AruJunz Wong Hong JunWarisan
N23PetagasAwang Ahmad SahWarisan
P174 Penampang N26MoyogDarell LeikingWarisan
P176 Kimanis N30BongawanDaud YusofWarisan
P184 Libaran N50Gum-GumArunarsin TaibWarisan
P185 Batu Sapi N53SekongAlias SaniWarisan
N54KaramuntingHiew Vun ZinWarisan
P186 Sandakan N55 Elopura Calvin Chong Ket Kiun Warisan
P188 Lahad Datu N60TungkuAssaffal Samsul KamalWarisan
N62SilamDumi Pg. MasdalWarisan
N63KunakNorazlinah ArifWarisan
P189 Semporna N64SulabayanJaujan SambakongWarisan
N65SenallangMohd Shafie ApdalWarisan
N66BugayaJamil HamzahWarisan
P190 Tawau N69 Sri Tanjong Justin Wong Yung Bin Warisan
P191 Kalabakan N72MerotaiSarifuddin HataWarisan
Total Sabah (19) Selangor (1)

General election results

Election Total seats won Seats contested Total votes Voting Percentage Outcome of election Election leader
2018
8 / 222
17 280,520 2.32% 8 seats; Governing coalition,
later Opposition coalition
(allied with Pakatan Harapan)
Shafie Apdal
2022
3 / 222
52 750,220 3.90% 5 seats; Governing coalition
(allied with Pakatan Harapan, Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Parti Sarawak)
Shafie Apdal

State election results

Notes

    References

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