KIMANIS, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) will mobilise its women’s wing to win the hearts of women voters in the Kimanis parliamentary by-election on Jan 18.
Head of Wanita Warisan, Datuk Siti Aminah Jabarhan said in the days approaching the by-election, the wing will intensify efforts to meet with women voters here.
“The party’s women’s machinery has been instructed to key in the women voters in their areas to vote for our candidate,” she told Bernama.
The Kimanis parliamentary constituency has two state seats, namely Bongawan and Membakut with a total of 29,664 eligible voters including nine early voters and one overseas.
The voters comprise 14,800 men and 14,864 women, of which 16,273 are in Bongawan and 13,391 in Membakut.
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Commenting further, Siti Aminah said going by the first seven of 14-day campaign period, she was confident that 70 per cent of women voters would opt for Warisan candidate Datuk Karim Bujang.
She said women who make up almost 50 per cent of the total 29,664 voters in Kimanis could influence the outcome of the by-election.
She added that most of the women voters who were met during the campaign period expressed their hope that women in the rural areas are given attention in terms of human resource development, welfare, and political appointments.
“Women voters here were disappointed with the previous government who did not pay much attention to them.
“Some of the women in these villages work as rubber tappers and petty traders, and hope to get government aid, for instance by increasing rubber prices or providing a platform for traders to expand their businesses,” she said.
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Meanwhile, voter Zita Simon, 47, when met at Kampung Daingin, said she wanted a people’s representative who would not abandon his people when they needed him, and only returned with promises during election season.
She said the people want changes, not just in areas of development and tall buildings, but attention must also be given to education and providing a platform for rural housewives to increase their income.
Another voter, Catherine Anthony, 67, who was met at the Batu Enam District Polling Centre, Kampung Kalatuan, clearly said she wants Karim, who had been Bongawan state assemblyman for five terms from 1990 until 2013, to win the Kimanis parliamentary seat.
The Kimanis by-election sees a straight fight between Karim and Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mohamad Karim.
The Election Commission has fixed Jan 18 for polling day and early voting on Jan 14.
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