No discussion of seat-switch to Satok: Karim



KUCHING: There has been no discussion among party leaders for Asajaya incumbent and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah to move to contest in Satok.

He said rumours of him changing his seat was baseless and dismissed it as being expected especially nearing the state polls.

“The party has not given any hints of whether I am going to (Satok) or give any indication of moving to another seat. I am also quite puzzled myself, but then again before the election.

“There will be things that suddenly can appear, candidates being moved to other places, but as I indicated, I would prefer to stay put in Asajaya.

“I have been there for four terms, that is the constituency where I first started my career as assemblyman in 2001,” he told New Sarawak Tribune during an exclusive interview on Monday (Nov 29).

Abdul Karim said his winning majority in Asajaya has been consistent throughout the last four terms since contesting as a greenhorn two decades ago.

“My majority for the four terms has been consistent, but one thing I know when doing my post mortem, in Asajaya, even those contested before me, there is always an opposition vote of 1,500 to 2,000 (during state polls)

“Probably these are the people from Kuching coming back to vote. That is my interpretation of it because I know everyone there (in Asajaya),” he said.

At the same time, Abdul Karim said the rumour may have started following talks of Satok incumbent and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg moving to another seat.

“This is because I am from the same kampong as Abang Johari and the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem. This could have led to some type of speculation.

“But as it is, this has never been discussed. These are rumours that only serve to spice the election.

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