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Sunday May 5, 2013

GE13: Sabah BN eyes a clean sweep

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional is looking at a near clean sweep after having turned around several grey areas in the last three days of GE13.

Without specifying if the coalition is going to better its 2008 performance of winning 59 out of 60 state and 24 out of 25 parliamentary seats, Sabah Barisan chief Datuk Musa Aman said the coalition is all set for a historic victory.

He said the three grey parliamentary seats of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Kota Marudu were all within the ruling coalition's reach.

So are the seven grey state seats of Klias, Bingkor, Kapayan, Luyang, Likas, Sri Tanjung and Matunggong, said Musa.

However, Pakatan Rakyat and the local-based Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and State Reform Party (STAR) leaders are not giving up hope and said a hung state assembly is possible.

“We know polls show an overwhelming number of voters pledging support to us but there is nothing to stop some from changing their minds while inside the booths,'' said a Barisan leader who had seen it happen in previous elections.

Musa, who is expected to easily retain his Sungai Sibuga seat for a fifth term, said: “I have informed the Prime Minister that the situation in Sabah is good.

“We are doing well. We will win,'' he said.

Sabah Umno, which is contesting 32 state and 14 parliamentary seats, has campaigned intensely to recover the Beaufort and Klias seats from former supreme council member Datuk Lajim Ukin who is contesting under PKR.

Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who is defending his Penampang seat, also said his party was confident of victory in all four parliamentary and six state seats.

Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, standing in the Pensiangan parliamentary seat, said: “I am optimistic about winning.''

On the opposition side, SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who is trying to make a comeback through the Likas state seat, said the situation was still “touch and go''.

STAR's Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who is challenging his elder brother PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan in Keningau, said his party expected to win a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 20 state seats.

For more election stories, please visit The Star's GE13 site

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