The Kimanis by-election candidate said he might have overlooked some matters, brushed off some people or forgot to greet them when they met but hoped they would forgive him.
“Let us open a new chapter and give me a chance to do my best for this constituency,” he said during a meet-the-people session with Upko leaders and members in Kg Matujung, Membakut, yesterday.
Karim also denied claims from Barisan Nasional leaders that he had sidelined the local communities when he was the assemblyman for Bongawan – a state seat within the Kimanis parliamentary seat.
He said in the last general election, he garnered a lot of votes from areas with Kadazandusun and Murut majorities.
“They have been strong supporters and I am not bragging,” Karim said. He also vowed to be the voice for all, regardless of race and religion, if he won the by-election this Saturday.
Karim urged his supporters to remind him of his roots should he forget or if he failed to perform to expectations.
He also said he was not bothered by being tagged as a recycled candidate.
“I am also preparing and training possible successors because I do not want to be an MP till I die, but give me a chance this time,” he said.
Also present were Upko president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, Upko vice-president Datuk Ewon Benedick, Sandakan MP Vivian Wong, Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli, among others.
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