Mat Sabu sees big Warisan win if Kimanis goes to polls

PH deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

KANGAR: Pakatan Harapan is confident that Parti Warisan Sabah stands a big chance of winning a by-election in Kimanis parliamentary constituency if fresh polls are held, said PH deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal enjoyed so much support in Sabah as chief minister of the state that it was not impossible for a Warisan candidate to win the parliamentary seat, long held by Umno.

The status of the seat is in doubt following a recent Election Court decision overturning the election of Barisan Nasional candidate Anifah Aman in the 2018 general election. An appeal has been filed against the decision.

Mohamad Sabu said he believed that a Warisan candidate could score a big victory in Kimanis as its candidate, Karim Bujang, had only narrowly lost to Anifah.

“Based on PH winning in Sandakan (a recent parliamentary by-election won by a DAP candidate) they (Warisan) are capable of capturing Kimanis parliamentary seat,” he told reporters after opening the annual meeting of Parti Amanah Negara’s Padang Besar division, Bernama reports.

Anifah had won in Kimanis in 2018 with a 156-vote majority. He polled 11,942 votes against Karim who garnered 11,786 votes and Parti Harapan’s Jaafar Ismail, who received 1,300 votes.

Mohamad, who is also the Defence Minister, told party members that the Defence Ministry and the Home Ministry took a serious view about racial issues and the emergence of ideologies which could cause conflict among the people.

“All these things could lead to non-traditional war as what is happening in Muslim countries that have been devastated because of the war among themselves.

“When political ideologies are played up, and often blaming others while thinking we are always correct, that can reach to a level of blood being spilled, which the government wants to prevent by taking necessary actions,” he explained.