KIMANIS, Jan 13  (Bernama) -- Residents should give a chance to the Kimanis-born candidate from the local party to win the Kimanis parliamentary by-election on Jan 18, to ensure sustainable development in the area.

 Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) candidate Datuk Karim Bujang said the parliamentary constituency had long been led by a representative from Barisan Nasional (BN), but the development in the area had not changed.

“For a long time, this parliamentary constituency has been held by outsiders who came in seasonally, (they) came in with their cowboy hats and big cigars.

“When (the representative) came, the villagers don’t know where he stayed thus making it difficult for them to meet him and ask for assistance,” Karim, who is from Bongawan here, told reporters after meeting the voters at the Gadong polling centre (PDM) here today.

Karim, 67, was Warisan's candidate for the seat in the 14th general election held in May 2018 but lost by a narrow margin of 156 votes to former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who was then with BN. 





Later that year, Anifah quit Umno, the backbone of BN, to become an independent MP. Karim filed an election petition and won in his bid to nullify the result for the seat, thus paving the way for the by-election.

Meanwhile, Warisan vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony, who also attended the programme, said the party’s momentum after 10-days campaigning was positive and that the people in the Kimanis welcomed Karim, and willing to support him.

“The Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) voters have expressed their full support for Warisan and our candidate. So, I believe that in the next two to three days campaign, it will increase the support from the KDM community to the party,” he added.

 The Kimanis by-election is a straight fight between Karim and Datuk Mohamad Alamin of BN. 

 The Election Commission has fixed Jan 18 for polling day and early voting tomorrow.



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