Kimanis a crucial by-election for Pakatan, says Azmin

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  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

BEAUFORT: Pakatan Harapan leaders have been urged to get their act together as campaigning for the Kimanis by-election comes to its conclusion at midnight on Friday (Jan 17).

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said Kimanis was a crucial election, and all from Pakatan must support their friends in Parti Warisan Sabah and help to ensure that Warisan's candidate Datuk Karim Bujang emerges victorious on Saturday (Jan 18).

He said in GE14, the people made their choice, leading to the downfall of Barisan Nasional, which had been in power for 60 years.

"This time, let's prove once again that your stand is firm and that your choice is still the same," he said during a meet-the-people session in Kg Pimping, Membakut on Thursday (Jan 16).

Azmin said the feedback he received from the ground seemed positive and he felt this was due to the new policies and people's confidence in the new government.

"I hope this positive feedback will translate into support during the by-election," he added.

He said it shouldn't be hard to choose the leaders they wanted as it was either someone from a party whose top leaders were awaiting trial for corruption and other cases, or a person who could bring changes to the people.

Azmin said as Economic Affairs Minister, he knew there should be balanced development between East and West Malaysia, as well as between the rural and urban areas.

He encouraged parents to put emphasis on their children's education and skills training, so that they could contribute more to the country's development.

Earlier, PKR vice-president Tian Chua who was also present, said whatever the outcome of the by-election, it would not change the government, but the person elected to represent the people of Kimanis in Parliament should be someone who could make a difference.

The Kimanis by-election is a straight fight between Karim and Barisan’s Datuk Mohamad Alamin.

The Kimanis seat was declared vacant after the Federal Court on Dec 2 upheld the Election Court’s ruling, nullifying former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s victory in the 14th General Election in May 2018.

Anifah won the seat with a 156-vote majority, securing 11,942 votes against Karim’s 11,786 votes while another candidate, Jaafar Ismail of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, obtained 1,300 votes.

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