TUARAN: Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Noor has rubbished allegations that he is a puppet of former chief minister Musa Aman.
He said there was no truth to Warisan president Shafie Apdal’s claim that he would be controlled by Musa if Hajiji and Perikatan Nasional (PN) win at the state elections.
Hajiji, the PN candidate in Sulaman, said he is an old hand in Sabah politics and nobody could control him.
“It (allegation) is not true … No one can control what I plan to do,” he told reporters after attending a PN meet-the-people session in the Kampung Kindu polling district centre here.
PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin had previously indicated that Hajiji could be a chief minister candidate if PN and its allies win the state election.
Last night, Shafie, who is Sabah’s caretaker chief minister, made the allegation against Hajiji at a meet-the-people session in Kota Kinabalu.
Hajiji said Shafie should not drag third parties like Musa into his campaign because Musa is not contesting in this election.
“Although he (Musa) may be campaigning in several places, I think it is not appropriate to focus on him. Why resort to criticisms and the like? It’s not fair to him,” he said, adding that the focus of the campaign should be on ways to revive the economy and how to guarantee the people a better future.
Hajiji also said he would continue to develop Sulaman, which he has represented since 1990, in the agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure sectors, among others.
He is being challenged by Warisan’s Aliasgar Basri and Rekan Hussien of Parti Cinta Sabah in the Sept 26 polls.
In the 2018 general election, Hajiji, who represented Barisan Nasional then, polled 12,966 votes to beat Abdullah Sani Daud of Warisan, who obtained 5,192 votes and Arifin Harith of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, who got 467 votes.
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