Warisan picks Karim Bujang for Kimanis polls

Warisan president Shafie Apdal announcing Karim Bujang (wearing cap) as the party’s candidate for the Kimanis by-election.

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan today named Karim Bujang as its candidate for the Kimanis parliamentary by-election on Jan 18.

Warisan president Shafie Apdal made the announcement when launching the party’s election machinery at Membakut, a state constituency within Kimanis, 94km from here.

“The candidate must be one who fights for the people and not one who chases after positions or self-interest,” Shafie said to thunderous applause from the more than 500 supporters.

Karim, whose election petition triggered the by-election, is likely to face Barisan Nasional’s Mohamad Alamin in a straight fight.

Former federal minister Anifah Aman had won the seat for a fourth term by a narrow margin in 2018 but lost it following the court’s decision last month, leading to the by-election.

In the last general election, Warisan had fielded Karim, who garnered 11,786 votes – losing by 156 votes to Anifah, who stood on an Umno ticket.

Shafie said Karim, a five-term assemblyman for Bongawan – the other state constituency in Kimanis – did not “technically” lose the seat after the Federal Court ruled Anifah’s win null and void.

In thanking the party leadership, Karim called on Warisan and its associates, Upko and Pakatan Harapan, to work together to wrest the seat from BN.

“It is going to be a heavy responsibility. Hopefully, we can work together to bring development to the less developed areas in Kimanis,” the 66-year-old businessman said.