KOTA KINABALU: Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau is one of the big names to fall as the Perikatan Nasional coalition swept to power in Sabah.
The Tuaran MP lost to two-term Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai of PBS in a six-cornered fight.
Madius, who was former deputy chief minister, was leading Upko to contest 12 seats under its own symbol, as part of the Warisan Plus coalition, led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
At press time, Bangkuai, the PBS information chief, was said to have won by about 1,500 votes.
But Shafie, the former chief minister, retained his Senallang seat in a five-cornered fight while his deputy Datuk Jaujan Sambukong also kept his Sulabayan seat.
Other state Cabinet ministers who won were DAP’s Datuk Frankie Poon in Tanjong Papat while his comrade Phoong Jin Zhe retained the Luyang seat.
Phoong, the first-term assemblyman, retained the urban seat near Kota Kinabalu with a comfortable majority.
Other state ministers who pulled through were Warisan vice-president Datuk Junz Wong in Tanjung Aru and Datuk Yusof Yacob in Sindumin.
At press time, the results for Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew, who is defending her Api-Api seat for the third term and Upko vice-president Datuk Ewon Benedict, who is contesting Kadamaian, were yet to be known.
Notable Opposition leaders Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor of Bersatu won in Sulaman while his deputy Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun successfully defended the Karanaan seat.
Also victorious in a five-cornered fight was Kinabatangan MP and Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who made a foray into the new state seat of Lamag.
Former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Said Keruak made a successful comeback when he won the Usukan seat, just two years after losing his Kota Belud parliamentary seat in the last general election.
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