Armani in five-cornered battle for Sg Sibuga, seat of ex-CM

KOTA KINABALU: The sister of Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin has entered the fray, representing Parti Warisan Sabah in Sungai Sibuga.

The seat is the bastion of former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who has been dropped as a candidate by Sabah Umno.

Datuk Armani Mahiruddin, 54, is in a five-cornered fight with the Barisan Nasional, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Parti Cinta Sabah and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah.

“There are a lot of things that can be done in Sungai Sibuga, ” declared Armani, the former Sabah Wanita Umno chief and Dewan Negara deputy president.

The constituency was held by Musa since 1994.

Mohamad Hamsan Awang Supian is the chosen candidate of Sabah Umno.

A new seat, Sungai Manila, has been carved out of Sungai Sibuga in the Libaran constituency.

Sungai Manila is the more semi-rural seat while Sungai Sibuga now comprises parts of Sandakan town.

Armani left Umno to join Warisan shortly after the coalition government was formed following the 2018 General Election.

In a Facebook post, Musa announced his intention to contest the Sungai Manila seat.

Musa and the governor have been locked in legal battles over the last two years, sparked off by his removal as chief minister hardly 36 hours after being sworn in and then replaced with Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Musa and 32 assemblymen also filed a suit to challenge the dissolution of the Sabah state assembly by Juhar. Both cases were thrown out by the High Court and appellate court recently.

Armani said Musa’s influence in the area was waning although he was respected as a former state leader.

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