Late Sabah minister’s brother may stand in Apas

Tawau Umno division vice-chief Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan, who is political secretary to the Sabah chief minister, is leaving it to the top BN leadership to choose the best person.

KOTA KINABALU: Tawau Umno division vice-chief Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan has not discounted the possibility that he will be fielded as the BN candidate in the Apas state constituency.

The seat was previously held by his brother, Tawfiq, who died while serving as the assemblyman there.

Tawfiq died of pancreatic cancer on March 14 at the age of 56 in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

Some news reports speculated that Nizam, who is political secretary to the Sabah chief minister, would stand in his late brother’s constituency.

“I leave it to the discretion of the top BN leadership to choose the best person as the BN candidate in the Apas constituency,” he told FMT in a text message.

“I’ve been working consistently all this while.

“If I’m chosen to be BN’s candidate, I will try my best to fulfil this trust and work even harder to draw as many votes as possible to ensure BN’s win.

“I’m confident the voters still believe in BN to take the country and the people to greater heights.”

Tawfiq was first elected in Apas in the 2004 general election.

He retained it in a four-cornered tussle in the last election with 9,013 votes, beating his closest rival, PKR’s Alizaman Jijurahman, by a 6,122-vote majority.

The other candidates were SAPP’s Tahir Dahu, who obtained 149 votes, and Chok Yot Min of STAR, who garnered 75 votes.

In the 2008 election, Tawfiq won with a 3,608-vote majority, defeating PKR’s Henry Vun and independent Ardi Arsah.

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