KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Karim Bujang feels vindicated after the Federal Court upheld the decision of the Election Court that declared his political rival Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s polls victory as "null and void".
“It is not only a vindication for me personally, it is a victory for clean and fair elections, ” said Karim, who took up a legal challenge against the results of the Kimanis parliamentary seat during last year’s general election.
Anifah, who contested under Umno's Barisan Nasional but quit the party in September last year, won Kimanis by a slim 156-vote majority in a three-cornered contest.
A five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat upheld the Election Court’s decision to declare the election results null and void, ruling that there were discrepancies in the number of registered voters and non-compliance of election laws.
Asked if he was ready to defend the seat, Karim said that it was up to Warisan's leadership to decide on the candidate when the Election Commission sets the dates for the polls.
“I am ready if picked, ” he said, when asked if he was ready to contest if Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal decided to nominate him as the candidate.
Sabah’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor said as a Pakatan Harapan coalition party, they would agree to nsure that only one candidate was selected for the by-election.
“We will discuss within Pakatan and (its partner) Warisan. Whatever decision is made by the leadership, we will support.
“We are one camp. We support whoever the candidate, ” he said.
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