Sabah STAR no longer supporting independent candidates, says Kitingan

KENINGAU: Independent candidates will no longer be supported by Sabah STAR, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic).

This is in contrast to an initial statement he made on Sept 16, when he said that Sabah STAR endorsed incumbent Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua and several other independent candidates.

“Independent candidates are independent. They are not our candidate.

"It is beyond our control, ” he told reporters while campaigning in Keningau on Monday (Sept 21).

Perikatan information chief Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who was also in Keningau, endorsed Sabah STAR's stance.

“We have made a statement that we are not supporting any independent candidates because we have our candidates in every constituency.

“If they want to use our name, I think it is positive (because) it is well accepted by all parties. But we cannot support independents because Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) has candidates in every seat, ” Azmin said.

GRS has fielded Datuk William Majimbon in the Inanam seat, where there will be a 10-cornered fight against, among others, Liberal Democratic Party’s Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat and Chua.

Azmin also said that the clashes in 17 seats involving allies – Sabah STAR, Perikatan, Sabah Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) – would be solved amicably.

“It is our intention to ensure straight fights.

"GRS and its allies must focus on this to fight Warisan Plus not among ourselves, because we have the ambition to form a government that can develop Sabah, ” he said.

Perikatan secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin is expected to make an announcement regarding the clashes in the 17 seats at the Shangri-La resort in Tanjung Aru at 11.30am on Tuesday (Sept 22).

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