News broke out earlier this month when the Barisan Nasional coalition announced that they would be snubbing longtime former Sabah Chief Minister, Musa Aman, in the upcoming Sabah state election.
According analysts interviewed by Free Malaysia Today, BN is expected to run into trouble for doing so as Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya says, Musa’s supporters might retaliate by fielding independent candidates to split votes.
He also believes that it is possible for Musa to contest as an independent.
According to Lee Kuok Tiung of Universiti Malaysia Sabah, BN might’ve even shot themselves in the foot as most of the financial support would have come from Musa’s group. Is there even a possibility of Musa’s supporters switching to PPBM? Lee believes so.
Other than Musa, Umno Supreme Council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Papar Wanita Umno chief Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and Sabah Umno Wanita chief Jainab Ahmad Ayid were also excluded from the list.
According to Sabah BN election chief Bung Mokhtar Radin, the former chief minister had not asked to be a candidate for BN.
Azman said that Bung was playing a wild card by doing so as it’s a gamble that not many are willing to take.
“This is because everyone knows Musa is a very powerful warlord,” he said.
“Musa needs to be brought to the discussion table and placed in a strategic position to prevent him from being upset.”
But he also added that Musa was seen more as a candidate for the Sabah governor’s position and was better for him to sit out the election and let new faces come to the fore.
According to Lee, BN’s list had a lot of newcomers and it seems that UMNO is putting their trust in the younglings.
“I think it’s time to move on and field new faces, give more room to the younger leaders,” he said.
Lee said former federal minister Salleh Said Keruak, who will stand in Usukan on a BN ticket, was also a potential candidate for the chief minister’s post.
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