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Sabah Umno sees revival after BN takes Kimanis with bigger majority

Malaysiakini Team

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Modified 18 Jan 2020, 2:49 pm

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This wraps up Malaysiakini's coverage of the Kimanis by-election.

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Bung Moktar: Kimanis win will see Sabah Umno's revival

10.05pm - Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin believes the victory in Kimanis marks the resurgence of his party in the state.

He adds the magnitude of the victory surprised him.

"I believe Umno Sabah will rise up from our past mistakes. We will correct the mistakes of Sabah Umno and BN and work with the local parties to face the 15th general election," he says.

Speaking at a press conference at the tallying centre in Beaufort, he adds that the victory is not only for the people of Kimanis but for all Sabahans.

Sabah Umno has been reeling from defection since the last general election but managed to pull together the fractious opposition including former BN allies and parties that described themselves as the "third force".

BN's winning candidate Mohamad Alamin thanks the BN leadership and former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak for their support in the by-election.

"I would also like to thank the former Kimanis MP (Anifah Aman) for assisting BN," he says.

He also thanks voters for their wise decision as well as his Warisan opponent Karim Bujang.


Najib: Warisan should take a cue from Kimanis and scrap PSS

10pm - Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also the BN advisory board chairperson, says the Warisan-led Sabah government should take a cue from the Kimanis by-election and scrap the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).

The PSS is a document the Sabah government plans to issue to undocumented migrants in a bid to rein in their presence in the state.

However, the BN has used it as campaign fodder to raise concern that it may be used to set a path of citizenship for the undocumented migrants.

"With the clear majority, it is apparent that the voters reject the government's intention to introduce PSS," he says.


'Harapan and Warisan need to work harder'

9.45pm - Port Dickson - PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says both Pakatan Harapan and Warisan have to step up their efforts following by-election defeats.

"We have received the results and we accept the decision. Congratulations to the winning candidate and continue to serve.

"But I believe in Sabah, under the leadership of Shafie Apdal and Warisan as well as Pakatan Harapan at the (federal level of) Malaysia, we will step up our efforts.

"It is clear that many of the problems faced by the people are economic problems," he says.


Official: EC announces BN's Mohamed as winner

9.30pm - The EC officially announces BN's Mohamed Alamin as winner of the Kimanis by-election.

The announcement was made by returning officer [email protected] Etok at the Dewan Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir in Beaufort.

Mohamad defeated his Warisan opponent Karim Bujang by 2,029-vote majority.

He garnered 12,706 votes to Karim's 10,677 votes.

There was a total of 320 rejected votes. The turnout was 79.92 percent, the highest ever for any of the 10 by-elections since GE14.

Mohamed's win in Kimanis shows BN performing significantly better than the 2018 general election.

In the last general election, BN won by only a 156-vote majority, garnering 11,942 votes to Warisan's 11,786 votes. 

A third candidate, Harapan Rakyat's Jaafar Ismail received 1,300 votes. 


Kimanis final turnout is highest of all by-elections since GE14

8.50pm - The Election Commission tallies the final turnout for the Kimanis by-election today at 79.92 percent.

This is the highest turnout of the 10 by-elections that have been held since the 2018 general election.

The turnout for previous by-elections are as follows:

Sungai Kandis - 45%

Seri Setia - 45%

Balakong - 43%

Port Dickson - 58.3%

Cameron Highlands - 68.79%

Semenyih - 73.30%

Rantau - 79.31%

Sandakan - 54.40%

Tanjung Piai - 74.43%


BN leaders, victorious candidate arrive at counting centre

8.35pm - BN leaders and the winning candidate Mohamad Alamin arrive at the tallying centre at the Dewan Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir in Beaufort with broad smiles on their faces.

Present are BN chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, deputy chairperson Mohamad Hasan, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, former Kimanis MP Anifah Aman, Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin and Umno supreme council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

They sit and wait patiently for the official results expected to be announced soon.

There is no sign of Warisan candidate Karim Bujang or Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal yet.


Tears of joy amongst Umno leaders

8.24pm - There are emotional scenes for Umno leaders Bung Moktar Radin and Abdul Rahman Dahlan (above) as they celebrate an underdog victory.

"Yes, Bung and I cried," tweets Rahman Dahlan.

He says that in the last 19 months, Sabah Umno was almost completely decimated.

"We lost 16 state reps, six MPs, 22 out of 25 division heads due to massive defections. No one gave us a chance. No one believed in us. 

"Today is a sweet victory indeed! Allah is great!" he says.


BN celebrates win

8.20pm - BN leaders are reacting gleefully to the coalition's win in the Kimanis by-election.

Ex-premier Najib Abdul Razak is unable to resist teasing DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

'Kimanis apa cerita?' he asks Kit Siang in a Facebook post while displaying the headline of a May 2019 Malaysiakini report entitled "Kit Siang calls Sandakan win a knockout blow to 'Bossku'"

MCA president Wee Ka Siong is also in the mood to celebrate and reminds Pakatan Harapan that BN is in the middle of a hot streak of five by-election wins.

"Although Harapan and Warisan are distributing various 'provisions', even though Harapan has the power of government machinery including the mainstream media, the people have been wise in choosing their representatives.

"The message of the people in Kimanis is the same as in Semenyih, Rantau, Cameron Highlands and Tanjung Piai," he says.


Unofficial - BN wins Kimanis by-election

7.25pm - Malaysiakini is calling the Kimanis by-election in favour of BN's Mohamad Alamin.

He has defeated his opponent Karim Bujang from Warisan based on unofficial tallies.

Mohamad Alamin has 11,992 votes giving him an unassailable lead over Karim who has 10,200 votes.

This means that he has more than half the votes of those who cast their ballots today.

Celebrations have broken out in BN's election war room with Umno leaders Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi, Mohamad Hasan, Annuar Musa and Bung Moktar Radin leading the cheers.

There are a total of 29,664 eligible voters in Kimanis and it is estimated that slightly more than 80 percent of eligible voters participated in the by-election.


BN victory in Kimanis imminent

7.10pm - BN's Mohamad Alamin (above) is on the verge of sealing a win in the Kimanis by-election.

He has a big lead over his opponent Karim Bujang from Warisan based on unofficial tallies and is on course to take more than half the votes of those who cast their ballots today.

Celebrations have broken out in BN's election war room with Umno leaders Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi, Mohamad Hasan, Annuar Musa and Bung Moktar Radin leading the cheers.

There are a total of 29,664 eligible voters in Kimanis and it is estimated that slightly more than 80 percent of eligible voters participated in the by-election.  


'People not satisfied with government'

6.50pm - An analyst says if BN were to win the Kimanis polls, it would only show that the voters were influenced by the national factor.

"This shows that the unhappiness with the performance of the Pakatan Harapan government has spread to Sabah," says Universiti Malaya sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi (above).

The people are not satisfied especially with the way the government is handling economic issues, he added.

The people are also unhappy with the implementation of Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) initiative which will be rolled out in June, said Awang.

Previously, various surveys found that local issues and development matters would factor in the Kimanis polls.


BN pulls away, now leads by 1,392 votes

6.44pm - Based on the unofficial count, BN now enjoys a large lead over Warisan and is on course for victory in the Kimanis by-election.

At the time of writing, BN is ahead with 8,212 votes to Warisan's 6,820 votes.

This puts BN ahead by 1,392 votes.

There are a total of 29,664 eligible voters.

It is estimated that slightly more than 80 percent of eligible voters participated in today's by-election.


Warisan's non-Muslim support declines in Simpangan

6.43pm - Based on the unofficial tally, Warisan narrowly retains the polling district of Simpangan.

It garnered 49.81 percent of the votes there to BN's 49.23 percent. There was also 0.96 percent rejected votes.

Despite the win, it is not a good sign for Warisan as it won comfortably there in the last general election.

In the 2018 general election in Simpangan, Warisan garnered 61.32 percent of the votes to BN's 32.17 percent.

Simpangan is mostly made up of non-Muslim bumiputera at around 73.52 percent. The second-largest group are the Chinese.

While the Chinese population only makes up 3.66 percent in Kimanis, its largest concentration is in the Simpangan polling district where they make up around 15.28 percent.

Muslim bumiputera make up nine percent in Simpangan while other races constitute the remaining 2.19 percent.


BN's lead crosses 500 votes

6.21pm - Based on the unofficial count, BN is now pulling away from Warisan.

At the time of writing, BN is ahead with 2,874 votes to Warisan's 2,270 votes.

This puts BN ahead by 504 votes.

There are a total of 29,664 eligible voters.

It is estimated that slightly more than 80 percent of eligible voters participated in the by-election.


BN slightly ahead in early count

6.06pm - Based on unofficial count, BN has a slight edge over Warisan.

At press time, BN is ahead with 1,491 votes to Warisan's 1,234 votes.

This puts BN ahead by 257 votes.

There are a total of 29,664 eligible voters.

It is estimated that slightly more than 80 percent of eligible voters participated in today's by-election.


Tallying centre cordoned off

5.30pm - The police have cordoned off the surrounding roads to the tallying centre at Dewan Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir in Beaufort.

Dozens of riot police are stationed at the compound of the tallying centre as Election Commission (EC) officers await the arrival of more ballot boxes.

EC officials are either having an early dinner or waiting at the centre in a relaxed manner.

The Kimanis poll concluded at 5pm today. 


First ballot box arrives

5.17pm - The first ballot box out of a total of 69 arrives at the tallying centre. 


Polls close, counting begins

5pm - Polls for the Kimanis by-election have closed and counting begins.

This contest is between BN's Mohamad Alamin and Parti Warisan Sabah's Karim Bujang. BN is supported by PAS and local opposition parties while Warisan is backed by Pakatan Harapan.

The campaign began on Jan 4 and lasted two weeks.

The by-election was called after the Election Court voided Anifah Aman's slim 156-vote majority win in Kimanis in 2018 on the grounds that the Election Commission (EC) failed to comply with the proper election procedures.

In the last general election, Anifah, who represented BN, won 11,942 votes to Karim's 11,786 votes. A third candidate, Harapan Rakyat's Jaafar Ismail received 1,300 votes.

Anifah sat out of this by-election but is backing BN despite having quit Umno.

There are 29,664 eligible voters in this by-election.


Some facts about the Kimanis by-election

  • This is the 10th by-election since the 2018 general election and the second one for Sabah. The first by-election in Sabah was Sandakan which the DAP won on May 11 last year.

  • To date, Pakatan Harapan has won five by-elections (Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia, Balakong, Port Dickson, Sandakan) while BN has won four (Cameron Highlands, Semenyih, Rantau, Tanjung Piai). Harapan's ally Warisan is representing the ruling coalition in this by-election.

  • The Kimanis by-election will be the clearest gauge yet of the Sabah bumiputera community. While it is not the first by-election in Sabah, the earlier by-election in Sandakan was a Chinese-majority constituency.

  • The majority population in the Kimanis parliamentary constituency comprise of Muslim bumiputera at around 61.93 percent. They mostly make up of Bruneian Malay, Bisaya and Bajau communities.

  • The second-largest group are the non-Muslim bumiputera at around 31.92 percent, most of whom are Kadazan-Dusun and Murut. Chinese make up only 3.66 percent while others are 2.49 percent.    

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