BEAUFORT: Speaking after his victory on Saturday (Jan 18), Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Mohamad Alamin thanked former Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman for coming down to support him in the campaign.
He also said that his opponent - Parti Warisan Sabah’s Datuk Karim Bujang - showed political maturity and added that they often stumbled upon each other in a cordial manner.
"I am grateful for this win, which is not just my win but a win for the whole of Kimanis and Sabah," he said.
Mohamad said he will continue going to the ground and pursue issues close to the people's heart as the new MP.
He won with a 2,029-vote majority, receiving 12,706 votes compared to Karim’s 10,677 votes.
A total of 320 votes were spoilt while five were unreturned.
The voter turnout was at 79.92% at the 5pm closing time.
Also present was Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said the win was a manifestation of the autonomy given to Sabah Umno.
"This has been translated well towards making Umno relevant, and I think this recognition not only resembles the sentiment of Kimanis voters but also Sabah voters, ” he said.
He thanked the other parties that supported Barisan, which were PBS, PBRS, Star and Pas.
"But we specifically thank Anifah Aman for his huge contribution to this win," said Zahid.
Congratulating Mohamad, he said now there are two Umno representatives from Sabah including Bung Moktar.
"Hopefully both will continue fighting for the interests of the people of Sabah, including rejecting PSS," he added.
Meanwhile, former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this win would see the rising of Barisan in Sabah.
“Before this, people seem to have written off Barisan Nasional. Today’s win clearly shows the aspirations of voters in Kimanis and Sabah as a whole, ” he said.
He said this also shows that the people of Sabah reject the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).
“So what the Warisan government should do is to cancel the implementation of this PSS, ” Najib said.
He said projects that have been delayed or kept on hold should be carried out immediately.
Asked about previous critics blaming his presence and his Bossku movement in Sandakan for Barisan’s loss, he said he does not want to make assumptions.
He said he did what he could to help ensure Barisan’s win in Kimanis.
“Sandakan was different but here, I don’t know what to say but I during this period when I was here, I see that the people’s response has been good, ” said Najib.