KUCHING: The comfortable win by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Kimanis by-election is a testament of the people’s discontent with the Sabah state administration.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah attributed Warisan’s loss to its failure to govern Sabah well.
BN candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin, 48, won the Kimanis by-election by a majority of 2,029 votes in Saturday’s by-election.
He polled 12,706 votes while Datuk Karim Bujang, 67, from Warisan, secured 10,677 votes.
The by-election was necessitated by the Election Court’s nullification on August 16, 2019, of former MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s win in Kimanis in the 14th general election in May 2018.
Abdul Karim, commenting on the by-election result, congratulated Umno and BN Sabah for the victory.
“This showed the maturity of the Kimanis voters in reading the writing on the wall.
“Warisan and its ally Pakatan Harapan has failed to govern Sabah and Malaysia well,” he told New Sarawak Tribune.
He described the result as a reflection of the people’s feelings towards the federal government and a revival of Sabah Umno.
Meanwhile, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was reported as saying the PH component parties should regard the results of the by-election as a clear sign of the people’s dissatisfaction towards the government.
Anwar was quoted as saying: “Action must be taken… If we can’t accept the fact, the effect will be disastrous. We are already seeing the effect spreading nationwide.”
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was also quoted: “With the clear majority, it is apparent that the voters reject the government’s intention to introduce PSS.”
In Sabah, Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin was reported as saying the victory in Kimanis marked the resurgence of his party in the state.
“I believe Umno Sabah will rise up from our past mistakes. We will correct the mistakes of Sabah Umno and BN and work with the local parties to face the 15th general election,” he told a press conference at the tallying centre in Beaufort.