BEAUFORT: Sabah Barisan Nasional believes its candidate, Datuk Mohamad Alamin (pic), has a fighting chance to take the Kimanis seat on Jan 18.
“We still consider ourselves the underdogs but we are confident, ” said Sabah Barisan chairman and state Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.
He said that Sabah Barisan's campaign workers have been able to reach out to voters in the 19 polling districts, and the responses had been positive.
Riding on a campaign of “ubah balik” (change back) to Umno, he said the feedback of the people remained positive as many of them were already "disillusioned" with Pakatan Harapan's unkept election promises.
“I believe we can pull through as there is a feel good factor in favour of Barisan, ” he said, while accusing their rival Warisan of using money politics.
He alleged there were many incidents of Warisan supporters pulling down their buntings and flags.
“Why is Bersih keeping so quiet now? When Barisan was the government, they made so many of accusations about free and fair elections, ” he said.
He also reiterated that Umno was against the move to put up video cameras at all polling district streams by the Election Commission.
He added that such a move would intimidate voters even though the EC had said that it would focus on the voters marking the ballots.
Mohamad, a former Bongowan assemblyman (2013-18) is up against Warisan’s Datuk Karim Bujang, a former five-term Bongowan assemblyman (1990-2013), for the seat which was held by former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Anifah left Umno to become an independent in 2018. He lost the seat after the Election Court found irregularities in the May 2018 electoral process and declared the results null and void.
Anifah declined to contest the seat but he is backing Barisan.
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