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KOTA KINABALU: Former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said that his discussions with Silam MP Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi were for Sabah and Sarawak MPs to work towards regaining Sabah and Sarawak state rights. Anifah said that he discussed with Mohamaddin the need to work with the Federal Government to regain state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963. “I told him that because the number of MP seats in Sabah and Sarawak is only 56, then we should work with the current federal government in efforts to regain our rights under MA63 in the interest of Sabahans. “I will say the same if any of my friends asked me. As someone who loves my state, I am more focused on this,” Anifah said in a statement issued late Thursday (June 11) after Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal accused him (Anifah) of enticing the former federal tourism minister to cross the political floors. Anifah, however, did not directly answer to Shafie’s claims but said that he was always discussing state rights with friends and Mohamaddin was a friend of his from the days they studied together in England. On Thursday, Shafie told reporters that Mohamaddin had told him that Anifah had made three calls to him asking him to leave Warisan. Pressure is currently mounting on Shafie’s Warisan elected representatives both at state and federal level. He had accused Perikatan Nasional of a “grand plan” to entice his lawmakers with positions and also threats to leave Warisan and aligned themselves with Pakatan Harapan. Anifah, who lost his Kimanis parliament seat earlier this year after an Election Court nullified the May 2018 election results, described himself as a politician on pension with no position either in state or federal. In a tongue in cheek reply to Shafie’s accusations, Anifah thanked Shafie for ``remembering to mention a pensioner.” “Even though I have no positions, my name is still being mentioned. Maybe this is because I have contributed a lot to the state so its hard for him to forget my name,” said Anifah, the younger brother to former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman who is widely seen to be marshalling a move to take back the state from Warisan. Anifah said Shafie should be surrounded by honest and loyal people whom he trusts and not those who can be bought. Anifah also said that the Warisan president should be looking at solving problems from the Covid-19 faced by the people and reinvigorating the state’s economy. Anifah is currently working to merge three local based parties and is expected to lead the proposed Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah. On Thursday, 44 of 47 assemblymen and 13 of the 15 MPs from Warisan and its partner Upko, DAP and PKR turned up at a luncheon to show solidarity for Shafie.
BEAUFORT: Barisan Nasional showed that it is still a force to be reckoned with in Sabah as it defended the Kimanis parliamentary seat by a handsome majority of 2,029 votes.
BEAUFORT: Opposition Barisan Nasional held its biggest rally as top national and state leaders urged Kimanis voters to reject the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) for illegal immigrants as a clear message to the ruling state Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan government.
KIMANIS: Former Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has joined the fray in the fifth day of campaigning for the Kimanis by-election, keeping to his word to back the Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin.
BEAUFORT: A man, who was filmed scolding Parti Warisan Sabah candidate Datuk Karim Bujang in a 28-second video clip, has put up a Barisan Nasional flag at his home.
BEAUFORT: A high-profile clash of parties is about to be played out in the laid-back semi-rural Kimanis constituency, a southwestern Sabah district, located about 100km from the state capital.
BEAUFORT: The Kimanis by-election will see the beginning of opposition cooperation in Sabah under Muafakat Sabah, says Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno will name its candidate for the Jan 18 Kimanis-by election on Wednesday (Jan 1), ending speculation as to who the party will choose.
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is keeping everyone guessing as to whether it will contest or support Umno's candidate in the Jan 18 Kimanis by-election.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno is hoping its once allies in the local opposition front will give their support as the party prepares to take on ruling Parti Warisan Sabah in the Jan 18 Kimanis by-election.