Let EC announce first on Kimanis: CM
Published on: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
By: Neil Chan
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KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the State Government  will leave it to the Election Commission to make an announcement on a possible Kimanis byelection before they take the next move. 

 “We will see how is it. They (incumbent MP Anifah Aman’s legal team) can still appeal although the judgement  has already been made by the courts. So I don’t want to say anything until it is conclusive and the announcement has been made by the Election Commission. 

 “Of course we are ready for whatever the consequences”. 

 Asked whether Warisan candidate for Kimanis Datuk Karim Bujang who contested against Anifah in the last general election  was one of the candidates shortlisted if a by-election were to occur, Shafie said they have yet to decide. 

“We have to list out potential candidates. Of course he (Karim) was one of our candidates before but we’ll see. We will decide when the time comes,”  Shafie said at the opening of the two-day Sabah IT symposium at the Sabah Federal Government Administrative Complex, Monday. The event  was organised jointly by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Sabah State Computer Services and SABAH.NET.

 Asked how confident was he that Warisan will win the seat if there was a by-election, Shafie said they will have to reach out to the people in Kimanis. 

“We have to work harder. We cannot be too confident or complacent so we have to reach out to them. I’m quite sure if we work harder we can make it a reality, he said ” 

Meanwhile Shafie said the State government also aims to strike a balance between embracing Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) and also in providing employment for graduates in the State.

He said this when asked if embracing IR 4.0 would mean less jobs being available to graduates in the future due to increased automation processes in the workplace.  

Shafie said the government was aware that at least 5,000 students graduating from university every year. 



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