Pakatan leaders laud partners’ efforts

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  • Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Waiting for turn: Voters queueing up monitored by security personnel at SRK Sacred Heart in Kota Kinabalu. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan leaders have commended their party members and political partners for putting up a good fight in the Sabah state election.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim acknowledged that many Sabahans had come out to vote in the state polls.

“PKR respects the decision that has been made by the people of Sabah. At the same time, PKR hopes that the process of forming the state government will be conducted peacefully, wisely and judiciously, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Anwar congratulated PKR partners in Warisan Plus, especially Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Parti Warisan Sabah which won 23 state seats, DAP which won six seats and Upko which won one seat.

He also congratulated Sabah PKR chief Datuk Christina Liew for successfully defending two seats that it had won in the 2018 general election. He commended the PKR team in Sabah, especially in the state seat of Sook, for their efforts, which he said led to an almost two-fold increase in vote share for PKR compared to 2018.

Sabah PKR Youth chief Raymond Ahuar contested in Sook, but lost to Sabah STAR’s Ellron Angin.

PKR won two of the seven seats it contested in Sabah.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said while the party did well by winning six out of seven seats it contested under the Warisan Plus flag, the success was overshadowed by the failure of Warisan Plus in securing a majority of the 73 seats up for grabs in the state election.

“Our success is overshadowed by the failure of Warisan Plus to win a majority of the seats.

“Many are saddened and at a loss at how an election campaign filled with much idealism and aspirations fell short, ” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Lim thanked voters in Luyang, Kapayan, Likas, Tanjung Papat, Sri Tanjung and Elopura who gave the party higher majorities.

He added that the party would work hard to serve constituents in Bingkor, the only seat it lost.

Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub described the performance of the Warisan Plus coalition which won 32 seats in the Sabah election as a good achievement despite not being able to form the state government.

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