KOTA KINABALU: The political season is here again as hopeful candidates have begun campaigning to win the hearts and minds of Sabah voters.
For some, it was full swing into campaigning with no time to spare while others remained in first gear for reasons unknown.
The first to kickstart campaigning is Datuk Darell Leiking, who will contest the Moyog seat, a semi-urban Kadazandusun seat, in a seven-way battle that included “friendly fight” between two parties – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Sabah STAR which are part of the Perikatan Nasional government.
Right after his candidacy at the Moyog nomination centre was announced on Saturday morning, he headed right to a ceramah featuring incumbent Kapayan assemblyman Jannie Lasimbang and Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, among others, in Donggongon in the heart of Penampang.
Barisan Nasional also headed straight into the fray with Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin starting his campaign yesterday afternoon with a visit to Lamag, a new state seat under the Kinabatangan constituency, in which he is MP.
He then spent a night in Sandakan after visiting locals in the area, where he will continue his campaign in Sekong and Karamunting in Batu Sapi and then Sungai Sibuga and Sungai Manila in Libaran.
Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is contesting the Kiulu seat, began his campaign by visiting residents in Kampung Rangalau, followed by an evening meet with his election machinery.
Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew, who will contest the Api-Api seat, also started campaigning yesterday by holding a walkabout in Gaya Street.
Leaders from Peninsular Malaysia such as Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman are also here to lend support to their respective candidates.
But there were not many party flags put up just yet.
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