Warisan to defend Batu Sapi


KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah will defend the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the Dec 5 by-election.

Warisan vice-president Datuk Jaujan Sambakong said a candidate had been identified and would be announced before nomination day on Nov 23.

“A candidate has been identified, the president (Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) will announce it, ” he told reporters here on Friday.

Most mainstream national and local political parties such as Sabah Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan, Parti Bersatu Sabah, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party and PAS have announced that they will not be contesting the by-election due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The by-election is being held following the death of its incumbent, Warisan’s Datuk VK Liew, on Oct 2.

Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, has yet to make a stand on whether the party will contest the by-election, which

is being held as the state sees a marked increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Batu Sapi, part of the Sandakan municipality, is among Covid-19 hot spots in Sabah.

On Friday, as Sabah recorded 1,199 cases, its highest so far, state minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the by-election would have to be held under strict standard operating procedure (SOP).

He said the by-election could not be postponed and the Election Commission (EC) would take specific measures to ensure strict SOP.

“It’s a constitutional requirement and it has to be held. It cannot be avoided, ” said Masidi, who is the state’s Covid-19 spokesman.

Strict SOP is absolutely needed to prevent a repeat of what happened after the Sept 26 state election, where Covid-19 cases began to spike across Sabah.

“We have to minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the state. I understand that the EC will take this into account in its SOP, ” said Masidi, who is state Local Government and Housing Minister cum Finance Minister II.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

No political motive for state of Emergency, but a matter of life and death, says Takiyuddin
PMO: RM35.43mil allocation to build three public halls in Pagoh, not one
Cops arrest man in suspicion of throwing petrol bombs, red paint at several houses
Ten-year-old boy who met Dr Wee a decade ago now accepted at Stanford University
Only students sitting for SPM, STPM exams allowed in school from Jan 20
Sabah govt to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0, says CM
Cops say man seen at R&R was not wearing a pink tag
Authorities using all possible means to reach victims of natural disaster in Pitas
We have lost a gem, says Wee on Salleh Abas’ passing
Explosion at Pasir Gudang factory kills one, two injured

Stories You'll Enjoy