By ILONA ANDREW
KIMANIS: The Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) community that was neglected by the previous government, particularly those in the remote areas in Kimanis, is seen to be giving more of their support towards the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)’s candidate Datuk Karim Bujang as the new MP for the parliamentary constituency.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Upko President Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said he has reminded the people of Kimanis, particularly the KDM community, to not be confused and influenced by things babbled by Barisan Nasional.
“The opposition is merely politicking instead of telling the truth,” he said in the Ramah-Mesra Bersama Ahli-Ahli Upko ceremony at Kg Kinolosodon here.
He said, the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) is among the issues that is heavily used by Barisan Nasional in its campaigns to confuse the people.
“But today, we have made things clear for the KDM community. So please, come back and vote,” he added, referring to those residing outside of Kimanis.
According to Madius, it was undeniable that the PSS issue had initially caused a great confusion among the people.
“We have come up with several approaches to give clear explanation on the issue, and thank goodness, majority of them in the community now understands what it is.
“Actually, this is not an issue at all. It’s just that the people were confused at first. But now that they are clear about PSS, they are ready to vote for Karim,” he asserted.
He reasoned that having a member of parliament from a government party would help ease the process of the development agenda in the area, especially when Warisan will still be governing until the next coming general election.
“I am confident that the KDM community in Kimanis would support and vote for Karim,” said Madius, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industry.
Also in attendance were Karim and Upko Vice President cum State Minister of Rural Development Datuk Ewon Benedick.