KOTA KINABALU: Sabah politics saw a lot of changes with heavyweights like Datuk Christina Liew, Datuk Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Darell Leiking failing to defend their parliament seat.
Parti Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) Kota Marudu candidate, Datuk Dr Maximus @ Johnity Ongkili fell 8,174 votes short of Datuk Wetrom Bahanda votes of 24,318. With that, comes the end of Maximus tenure as Kota Marudu’s (previously known as Bandau) parliament member which he held since 1995. Maximus is also the president of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), while Wetrom is fromParti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM).
Pakatan Harapan’s hope for Tawau, Datuk Christina Liew, also saw that hope dashed on Saturday. Christina who has been Tawau’s parliament member since 2018 was unseated by GRS candidate, Lo Su Fui with a total vote of 19,865. Christina lost by 3,800 majority.
Similarly, Warisan’s Penampang choice, Datuk Darell Leiking also lost his seat with more than 14,000 majority to Pakatan Harapan’s choice, Datuk Ewon Benedick. Ewon attained 29,066 votes while Darell attained 14,656 votes.
In Putatan, Pakatan Harapan Awang Husaini Sahari lost with a small majority of 124 votes to Barisan Nasional candidate, Datuk Shahelmey Yahya who attained 16,234 votes.
In Sepanggar, Datuk Aziz Jamman who is the incumbent member of parliament, was unseated by Pakatan Harapan Mustapha Sakmud (27,022 votes). Aziz votes were even lower than BN candidate, Datuk Yakub Khan who managed to get 19,980 votes.
And the Batu Sapi seat, which has long been left vacant following the demise of Datuk V.K Liew (Warisan), is no longer empty. GRS candidate, Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan won with 12,152 votes and a majority of 4,821 votes beating his four opponents, from PH Liaw Fui Fui, Warisan Alias Sani, Pejuang’s Boni Yusof Juanico Abdullah and independent candidate Haji Othman Ahmad.
Candidates who salvaged their seat
Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin managed to retain the Kinabatangan seat where he has been the parliament member for six terms, defeating Warisan’s candidte Mazliwati Abdul Malek on a one-to-one fight. Bung managed to get a 4,300 majority over Mazliwati, with a total 16,842 votes.
A total of 31,359 voters in Kota Kinabalu also decided to put their trust on Pakatan Harapan’s Chan Foong Hin, defeating Warisan’s Amanda Yeo (7,576 votes), GRS candidate Yee Tsai Yiew (4,592 votes), KDM candidate Winston Liaw Kit Siong (456 votes) and independent Marcel Jude (137 votes).
Semporna Warisan candidate, Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal also retained his seat with a total vote of 28,702 and a majority of 20,810 from GRS contender, Nixon Abdul Habi. Those who contested for the Semporna parliament seat also included Pakatan’ ‘s Arastam Pandorog (1,848 votes) and Pejuang’s Ab Rajik Ab Hamin (467 votes).
Kota Belud Warisan candidate, Munirah Majilis, also retained her seat, winning against BN candidate Datuk Seri Panglima Abd Rahman Dahlan and Pakatan’s Madeli Modily Bangali with a total vote of 25,148 and 4,582 majority.
Likewise, Shafie’s younger brother, Dato Mohammad Yusof Apdal also successfully defended his seat in Lahad Datu with 27,116 votes and 4,376 majority against contenders from BN Maizatul Akmam Hj Alawi and Pakatan Sia Yu Hock.
And for this term, Pakatan’s Datuk Madius Tangau will continue as the member of parliament for Tuaran after defeating GRS candidate Datuk Joniston Bangkuai and other contenders.
STAR president, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan who contested under the GRS ticket also secured the Keningau parliament seat with 23,155 votes and 8,056 majority against PH Grelydia Gillod who managed to get 15,099 votes. The four corner contest for the Keningau seat also included KDM contestant Datuk Jake Nointin (9,598 votes) and Warisan’s Rasinin Koutis @ Kautis (7,020 votes).
Independent candidates who won
Independent candidate, Verdon Bahanda, won the Kudat seat with 16,323 votes, defeating GRS Ruddy Awah, Warisan’s Rashid Abdul Harun, Harapan’s Thonny Chee, and Pejuang’s Petronella Usun.
The Tenom seat was also won by an independent candidate. Riduan Rubin is the next Tenom parliament member after attaining 10,027 votes, defeating Noorita Sual from Harapan, Jamawi Jaafar from BN, Ukim Buandi from Warisan, and another independent candidate, Peggy Chaw Zhi Ting.