Ilham survey predicting Warisan win in Kimanis politically motivated, says Najib

Former prime minister Najib Razak meeting supporters in Kimanis. (Facebook pic)

BEAUFORT: Former prime minister Najib Razak is not convinced with the results of a survey by Ilham Centre that has predicted victory for Warisan in the Kimanis by-election, saying the analysis is politically motivated and not sincere.

“This is their propaganda. In the Tanjung Piai by-election, the IDE (Institute Darul Ehsan) came out with an analysis, saying Pakatan Harapan will win there.

“But instead, we won with a big majority, over 15,000 votes, so we don’t think much of these surveys because they are made based on political intentions.

“It is not based on the sincerity of a true analyst,” he told reporters during an event at the Dindong polling district centre in Membakut here today.

A random survey by research firm Ilham Centre said that the local party factor and the support of “big men”, or influential figures, would give Warisan the edge to win the Kimanis polls despite the controversial Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).

In the Tanjung Piai by-election, IDE, a Selangor state-owned think tank, had said PH’s candidate Karmaine Sardini was leading with 53% support while BN’s Wee Jeck Seng had 44% support.

However, MCA’s Wee received 25,466 votes – more than half that of PPBM’s Karmaine, who got 10,380 votes.

Meanwhile, Najib continued his and BN’s criticism of the PSS, saying it could lead to the start of Project IC 3.0, referring to the infamous project which allegedly involved the systematic granting of citizenship to illegal immigrants in Sabah in the 1980s.

“If we reject PH and Warisan, that means we also reject PSS,” he said.