Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Choice of candidate for Matunggong right move


Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) decision to field new face Sarapin Magana in Matunggong in the just- concluded general election has been proven to be a right move as the party won the state seat with a doubled majority, said Matunggong PBS Youth chief Marius Basin. He said Sarapin, a former senior accountant in the Department of Veterinary Services, won by a 2,982- vote majority, which is more than twice higher than the 1,274-vote majority secured by the previous candidate in the 2004 election. “Voters in Matunggong also contributed to the increased majority for Kota Marudu parliamentary seat winner Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, who won by 4,198 votes compared to 3,189 votes in 2004,” said Marius. Rejecting the assumption by certain parties that BN was facing difficulty in retaining the Matunggong seat due to a last-minute change of candidates, he said the election result showed that the people welcomed the move through their votes. Marius urged everyone in the constituency to forget about their disagreement and dissatisfaction over the decision on the choice of candidate for Matunggong, and focus on collaborating their efforts for mutual benefit. “Now is time for us to work together for the people who have given BN the mandate to continue to govern the State and the Country. Our responsibility is to ensure that all development programmes that the Government has planned are successfully implemented.