Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili thanked the people of Kota Marudu constituency for supporting the Barisan Nasional (BN) in all three seats contested. He said this was despite a massive negative propaganda carried out by the opposition, including character assassination and derogatory campaign tactics. “Thankfully, the voters did not fall for the opposition tactics. For the Kota Marudu parliamentary seat, we increased the majority by over 1,000 votes to 4,198 votes, as compared to 3,189 in 2004. “This is a victory for the people of Kota Marudu. The task now is to move forward and implement our programs of eliminating Kota Marudu from the list of poor districts in Sabah, and make it an economic growth centre of the north over the next five years,” he told Bernama, here yesterday.