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Balung Assemblyman joins Warisan
Published on: Tuesday, March 05, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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Balung Assemblyman joins Warisan
KOTA KINABALU: Balung Assemblyman Datuk Osman Jamal hopes to bring more development to his constituency now that he has joined Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan). 

His immediate plan is to visit all 43 branches in his constituency to explain why they should support Warisan now and in times to come, citing infrastructure, utility and social development as among reasons to do so. 

He said he decided to join the Sabah-based multiracial party to help his constituency grow, and thanked Chief Minister cum Warisan President Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for accepting and giving him the trust in developing not only Balung but also the State together. 

Announcing Osman’s official entry into Warisan in a media conference with the presence of several prominent members of the party at the State Administrative Building, here, Monday, Shafie said: 

“Osman had actually expressed his desire to join Warisan in May last year when he (Shafie) was sworn as Chief Minister at the Istana Negeri. 

“Today, he expressed his intention to join Warisan openly, although it took him a year. We welcome him to the party.”  

Shafie expressed confidence that Osman, with his vast experience in several fields, will be able to address issues faced by the people not only in Balung but other places as well. 

When asked if PKR has any qualms about Osman joining Warisan, Shafie said Osman has engaged with many leaders and not just PKR but that doesn’t mean he went there with intention of joining. 

“He has indicated his intention to us much earlier, but for us, it takes a little bit of time because we are not in a hurry as we have to scrutinise.

“I have already informed Sabah PKR Chairperson Datuk Christina Liew and others about this, so I don’t see any problem.

I am confident Osman is not a member of any party. What’s important is service to the people and I know Osman is someone who frequently goes down to the ground.”  

Osman, who won on a Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket is the last general election, was one of first six BN assemblymen to pledge loyalty to Warisan just two days after the May 9 polls.

The other BN reps who defected last May were Tanjong Batu rep Hamisa Samat (Umno), Sebatik rep Abdul Muis Picho (Umno), Paginatan rep Abidin Madingkir (Upko), Kadamaian rep Ewon Benedick (Upko) and Kemabong rep Jamawi Jaafar (Umno).

With the addition of Osman, Warisan, the dominant party in Sabah, now has 29 elected representatives in the 60-seat State Assembly. PKR has two, DAP six and Upko four.



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