It’s David vs Goliath in Moyog


KOTA KINABALU: A David and Goliath battle is brewing in the Moyog seat with Sabah STAR’s Joe Suleiman itching to “slay” Parti Warisan Sabah’s deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking (pic).

The businessman-cum-social activist is up against a formidable opponent as Leiking is known as the “Giant Killer”.

Leiking earned the title after knocking out political stalwart Tan Sri Bernard Dompok for the Penampang parliamentary seat in 2013.

Suleiman, who is known for his work with the community, including protesting the controversial Papar dam, believes he can pull off an upset.

“I will do my best for Moyog if I am given a chance. Our problems of flood, traffic congestion and proper roads to kampung have never been resolved.

“I am sure I can do better than the Penampang MP, ” he told reporters yesterday.

The 59-year-old claims that he is gaining ground as Leiking has not really been around to listen to people’s problems.

“People don’t see him around as he was mostly in Kuala Lumpur. People need an assemblyman they can reach, ” he said.

“It’s proven that I’m on the ground helping people, especially on community service and welfare. My record shows, ” he said.

“I believe among the seven candidates, I’ve a slight lead.”

Suleiman, who is contesting under the Perikatan Nasional symbol, is in direct clash with Parti Bersatu Sabah’s John Masabal. PBS is a Perikatan-friendly party under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.

Also in the running for a constituency where family ties and personality count, is Parti Cinta Sabah’s Datuk William Sampil.

The other contenders are from the Liberal Democratic Party, Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah and an Independent.

Leiking, who is replacing Warisan’s incumbent Jenifer Lasimbang for the state seat, remains a front runner in the race.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

60% readers found this article insightful

Next In Nation

Bullets in the mail: Cops nab three, looking for one more over threat to Customs officer
PM: Covid-19 vaccines for 6.4mil Malaysians next year
Man arrested for allegedly raping eight-year-old after enticing her with candy
Colleagues of Gemilang cluster index patient in JB screened for Covid-19
Gerakan lodges MACC report over Penang’s funding for comics museum
Three lose a total of RM40k after being duped by separate loan scams
Man admits to threatening to kill his mother
Man charged with causing friend's death, hurting ex-wife
IGP, three others to file memorandum of appearance in mother of Dutch model's suit
Kedah cops nab seven, seize drugs worth more than RM18mil in jungle raids

Stories You'll Enjoy