KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia held its nominations on Sunday (Jan 26) for the upcoming party elections, with most of the division chiefs retaining their seats unopposed.
This includes Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, who will keep his Tuaran division chief post. Hajiji is also Sulaman state assemblyman.
Others who retained their posts include Sabah Bersatu deputy chief Datuk Masidi Manjun (Ranau division), Sabah Bersatu secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (Beluran), Sabah Bersatu information chief, Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan (Libaran) and treasurer Datuk Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif (Kimanis).
Fourteen other division chiefs won uncontested, namely Datuk Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Datuk Wetron Bahanda (Kota Marudu), Datuk Japlin Akim (Kota Belud), Mohamed Razali Mohamed Razi (Sepanggar), Datuk Faisyal Yusof Hamdan Diego (Kota Kinabalu), Senator Datuk John Ambrose (Penampang), Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar (Papar), Datuk Isnin Alisnih (Beaufort), Matbali Musah (Sipitang), Datuk Rubin Balang (Tenom), Azman Ruslan (Keningau), Senator Datuk Abdul Ghani Yassin (Pensiangan), Datuk Awang Kadin Tang (Sandakan) and Aksyah Nasrah (Kinabatangan).
Five divisions – Libaran, Semporna, Silam, Tawau and Kalabakan – will see one-on-one contests.
Kiandee said all 25 divisions in Sabah are eligible to submit a nomination for the election, which is being held for the first time.
"Sabah Srikandi chief, Datuk Azizah Dun, together with 20 other Srikandi chiefs also retained their posts unopposed," he said in a statement here on Wednesday (Jan 29).
Only four divisions recorded one-on-one contests for the Srikandi division posts, namely Penampang, Tenom, Tawau and Kalabakan.
For the 25 Sabah Bersatu Armada division chief posts, only five will see either one-on-one or three-cornered contests.
The five are Putatan, Beluran, Semporna, Tawau and Kalabakan.
Kiandee said the candidate nomination process on Sunday went smoothly, calmly and peacefully.
"I hope this can continue on to the campaigning period," he said.
Bersatu will hold its annual general meeting from June 25 to 28.
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