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Pensiangan By-Election

The Borneo Post Online

No wrong candidate, Pensiangan voter warns 

KENINGAU: The Barisan Nasional (BN) could lose the Pensiangan by-election if it does not field the right candidate, according to a local voter.

“The people in this area still want a true leader who is committed to enhancing the well-being of the people, who are still backward and poor,” Musuh Ambong @ Osu from Kampung Pagalungan, Pensiangan told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

According to Musuh, Pensiangan, the second poorest district in the state, needed a leader who is committed to working for the people, especially in preventing their land from getting into the hands of outsiders.

“If possible, the leader should be from this community and understands the people’s culture, aspirations and problems,” he said.

According to Musuh, the people here did not want the present leader as the BN candidate but instead someone who can contribute to the development of the area.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman should send their representatives to the area to find out from the grassroots who the people want as their candidate.

The people, he said, did not care which candidate BN fields — PBRS president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, former Pensiangan member of parliament Datuk Bernard S Maraat or Pensiangan Umno chief Datuk Abdul Gani Yassin — as long as he can fulfill the people’s aspirations.

Musuh said just as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) preferred a local from this community as their candidate, so too the BN supporters who also wanted a Murut as their candidate.

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