KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah is keeping an open mind ahead of the impending Kimanis by-election amid calls by Umno for fellow Opposition parties to give way to its candidate.
PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said yesterday that they were studying the political ground in Sabah’s south western Kimanis parliamentary constituency after the Federal Court upheld an Election Court ruling that nullified Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s victory.
Anifah left Umno to become an Independent four months after the general election in May last year.
“We are still consulting our branch leaders in Kimanis, ” he said when asked if PBS would contest the seat in a predominantly Muslim bumiputra area, with this demographic making up 65% of some 30,000 voters.
Maximus said there was no special reason to favour Sabah Umno in Kimanis, even though it stayed out of the Sandakan by-election in May this year to allow PBS candidate Datuk Linda Tsen to contest against DAP’s Vivien Wong.
“We don’t owe favours to any political party, except the rakyat, ” he said when asked if they would give way for Umno to take on Parti Warisan Sabah in Kimanis.
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin said earlier this week that they would be talking to PBS to allow for a single Opposition party to fight the candidate from the state government.