PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional has hit back at “petty and childish” remarks by Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal that Prime Minister Najib Razak was making frequent visits to the state because he was “running scared” of losing the state.

Musa Aman, the state BN leader, said Shafie’s remarks were a sign of weakness. “His comments were juvenile and the only reason he made them was to cover up his own weaknesses. Only a leader that feels threatened would resort to this type of immature narrative,” he said.

Musa added that Najib’s frequent visits were because Sabah was close to his heart.

“Najib has been coming here long before the election period and long before Warisan was even established. He is not a seasonal politician,” Musa said.

Musa challenged Shafie’s own confidence in taking power in Sabah. “If Shafie is so strong, then why is he worried who comes and how often they come,” he asked.

He added that it was normal for BN leaders to pay more than one visit during this period, “especially a state as big as Sabah where Kinabatangan district alone is the size of Pahang”.