Sept 26 Sabah polls too close to call

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Society Empowerment and Economic Development of Sabah (SEEDS) chairman Arnold Puyok said the snap polls in Sabah on Sept 26 will be all the more interesting because of the involvement of several local parties independent of the coalitions, such as Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) and Parti Liberal Demokratik (LDP).

“It seems that these parties are starting to get support in some areas, and parties that are considered ‘the third forces’ will probably play an important role as ‘kingmakers’ in determining the formation of the state government.”

Puyok sees a “hung” state assembly still possible despite a fiercely contested state election on Sept 26.

Even though it looks like coalitions such as Barisan Nasional (BN), Perikatan Nasional (PN) and their allies are more popular, no clear picture has emerged on a frontrunner.

“We find that in terms of overall support, BN and its partners, such as PN, PBS, STAR and others, are more popular than Warisan and its allies,” he said.

“This shows that the state election will be very tight.

“But, so far, there is no clear picture of which alliance will win, and there is a big probability that the results will once again result in a hung assembly.”

Puyok also felt that voters’ sentiments about the current economic scenario will play a key role in their decision on who should form the Sabah government.

Apart from that, he said, the issue of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), especially in relation to oil royalties, was also seen as an issue that voters would pay much attention to.

“Most respondents (in a SEEDS study) associate MA63 with oil royalties. Asked why, they said oil royalties are also related to the economic situation,” he said.

“This is because if we have high royalties, the government will have more income and it can be used to develop infrastructure and help communities which are facing economic hardship.

“For us, based on the available data, it seems that economic issues play a very important role,” he said of the study SEEDS conducted throughout Sabah from Aug 4 to 31.

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Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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