August 10, 2022

Not a surprise, says Anifah, but hints at not defending Kimanis

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KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Court ruling to uphold the Election Court’s decision to declare the Kimanis election results as “null and void” came as no surprise, says its incumbent MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pic).

The former minister said he had expected the decision.

“I’ve been an MP for 20 years. I’ve been a deputy federal minister and foreign minister for nine years.

“My priority is Sabah rights. I don’t have to be an MP,” said Anifah, 66, who is the younger brother of former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Anifah, who remains an independent after leaving Umno in September last year, is keeping his options open as to whether to defend the seat that he has held for 20 years since 1999.

He also declined to dwell more on the upcoming Kimanis by-election, saying that he would be looking at various options.

“My key political direction is Sabah rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963,” he said when contacted on Monday (Dec 2).

Anifah, who was Umno’s Barisan Nasional candidate, won by a slim 156-vote majority in the 14th General Election last year that saw a three-cornered contest.

He garnered 11,942 votes, Datuk Karim Bujang of Parti Warisan Sabah obtained 11,786 votes while Jaafar Ismail from Parti Harapan Rakyat got 1,300 votes.

The Kimanis decision is the last of nine election petitions filed by Warisan and its partner PKR, following GE14.

The Election Court had struck out all the petitions mainly centred on alleged vote-buying.

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