Kimanis voters yet to embrace PH: Mahathir
Published on: Monday, January 20, 2020
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ALOR SETAR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Parti Warisan Sabah’s defeat in the Kimanis by-election Saturday could be because the voters in that parliamentary constituency had yet to embrace the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.

However, he said that he was confident that people in Sabah, overall, in time will understand and appreciate that the government now was better than the previous one (Barisan Nasional).

Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), which helms the state government in Sabah, is allied to PH. Umno-led BN was defeated by PH in the 14th general election (GE14) in May 2018 after being in power in the country since independence.


“Everything that we do takes time, like the new policy for agriculture, we cannot do it today and expect results overnight, it takes time,” Dr Mahathir said.

PH, he said, would do a post-mortem to identify the factors that contributed to the defeat and what the people of Sabah thought about the government.

“Yes, we will find out why we lost. The defeat was worse than previously (in the 14th general election). So we want to know why, what caused the people in Sabah to be disappointed with our administration,” he said.

He said the parties (in PH and its allies) must continue to get closer to the people to find out their problems and try and help resolve them.

BN candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin, 48, won the Kimanis by-election by a majority of 2,029 votes. 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 Aug 16, 2019, of former MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s win in Kimanis in the 14th General Election in May 2018.

Meanwhile, PH would learn from the outcome of the by-election and will correct the situation, to win the support of the people, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“We have heard (the voice of the people) and will take this as a lesson to guide us in improving the situation in order for us to regain the mandate and support of the people,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also PH president said the government respected the decision of the people in Kimanis who might have been caught up by their own issues at the state level and the parliamentary constituency, including over the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).

“The important thing is to see where we ourselves can improve, no doubt there are issues such as the PSS and all, but the PSS decision was made during the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and they now say that it is all our fault.

“This is not true. We made some improvements to it but probably the message was not passed down,” she said.

In September last year, the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals had agreed to issue the PSS to replace the three documents issued to foreign nationals residing in Sabah, namely the IMM13 passes, census certificate and Kad Burung-Burung beginning June 1 this year.

The proposal on the implementation of the PSS went viral on social media, raising controversies and confusion after the facts were misconstrued by certain parties.


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