THERE is no loss of support for Parti Warisan Sabah in the Kimanis by-election yesterday as the party had only seen a small drop in the number of votes compared to what it got in the general election in 2018, said PKR deputy president and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin said Warisan and Pakatan Harapan (PH) just need more time to convince voters in rural constituencies such as Kimanis.
“We see the support in Kimanis did not change much from the last general election. Warisan’s candidate received almost the same number of votes.
“So, the decline in votes is not an issue. However, as it is a rural constituency, we need more time to convince them (voters) of our efforts to narrow the urban and rural gap.
Yesterday, Barisan Nasional’s Mohamad Alamin won the Kimanis parliamentary seat by 2,029 votes, polling 12,706 votes to his opponent from Warisan, Karim Bujang’s 10,677.
Rejected votes numbered 320. Voter turnout was 79.92%.
The by-election was called after the Election Court last year nullified Kimanis MP Anifah Aman’s win in the 2018 general election.
Anifah, who won the seat on a Barisan Nasional ticket, quit Umno in September 2018 to go independent.
He had held the seat for 20 years after winning it for the first time in 1999.
In the last election, Anifah polled 11,942 votes to win by 156 votes over Karim’s 11,786. The third candidate, Jaafar Ismail of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, received 1,300 votes.
Mohamad, 48, is the Kimanis Umno chief. Former five-term Bongawan assemblyman, Karim, 67, is the Kimanis Warisan chief.
Warisan, which helms the Sabah government led by Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, is allied with PH.