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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Law minister VK Liew among those defeated in Warisan divisional polls

KOTA KINABALU - De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong lost to a political secretary to the chief minister in the contest to become the Batu Sapi Warisan division chief yesterday.

According to party officials, the Batu Sapi MP was defeated by the incumbent division chief, Roslan Nasrun, who secured 74 votes to Liew’s 33 during the party polls.

Meanwhile, according to unofficial results, Sabah Law and Native Minister Aidi Mokhtar also lost in his bid to become the Papar division chief.

The Pantai Manis rep lost to Papar MP Ahmad Hassan.

Aidi’s assistant minister, Uda Sulai, also failed in the contest for the Putatan division chief post, losing to Awang Ahmad Sah.

According to unofficial results, Uda, who is the Petagas assemblyman, garnered 61 votes while Awang obtained 111 votes.

Warisan wrapped up its party elections and annual meetings, involving 26 divisions, including Labuan, today.

Sabah Chief Minister and Semporna MP Shafie Apdal was returned unopposed as the Semporna division chief. He is also Senallang assemblyman.

Deputy Chief Minister Jaujan Sambakong also retained his position as the Semporna deputy chief after defeating another political secretary to the chief minister, Jakariya Abdul Jalil.

Warisan held its first party divisional polls after being taken over by Shafie in late 2017 and after his party’s victory in the May 9 general election last year.

The vote counting is still in progress at the time of writing.

Before the party elections in Semporna today, Shafie had called on members to strengthen the party instead of thinking only of positions.

He said the party should learn from the past mistakes of other parties and advised members against internal fighting for positions as it would portray Warisan in a bad light and could lead to people rejecting the party. -FMT

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