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Jeffrey eyes Tambunan seat
Published on: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: With elder brother Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan contemplating quitting politics, opposition Star Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey is seriously considering contesting the former's Tambunan State seat in the coming elections.

"Majority of the constituents of Bingkor especially the qualified voters strongly believe my leadership style in protecting their interests, welfare and rights based on my performance while Tambunan folks and others share similar views," Dr Jeffrey told Daily Express.

Pairin has already left his Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) in the hands of deputy Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili but has not said anything about defending his Tambunan and Keningau (State) seats as an ordinary party member.

Pairin is the only leader in Sabah holding both State and Parliament seats.

Dr Jeffrey is Bingkor Assemblyman but opposition DAP has already announced interest in challenging him there.

Dr Jeffrey said his Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star), that is part of the Sabah-based Gabungan alliance, plans to field more than a dozen candidates for the state seats and another handful to challenge BN candidates in the parliamentary seats.

"The final list of candidates will be decided by the opposition coalition leaders in Sabah," he said.

Jeffrey said Star would field qualified and reputable candidates, loyal to the rakyat, pose long term vision for Sabah and willing to sacrifice in for public service, among others. "G-14 is completely different from other elections we experienced and it is now obviously a neck-to-neck political battle between the ruling BN and opposition," he said.

He said all candidates must prepare to face all the challenges, temptations, positive and negative criticisms and must be physically and mentally fit during the campaign period.

He believed Sabah voters are matured now and would reject politicians using dirty tactics.

"The coming G-14 is something like a referendum for the Sabahans to decide whether they still want the present administration to continue with all the problems Sabah is now facing or otherwise.

Malaysians, particularly the Sabahans, should be watchful during the election to ensure it is clean and honest," he said.

On the strength of both BN and opposition parties, he said "it's 50-50".

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