Keadilan: Good chance if straight fights

DAILY EXPRESS NEWS, 9 January 2008

Tawau: Sabah Parti Keadilan Party chief Ansari Abdullah said the Opposition stand a good chance of winning if there were straight fights in all 60 State and 25 parliamentary constituencies against the Barisan Nasional in the next general election, “as observed in Sarawak”.

Such formula would prevent splitting of votes among the opposition parties, such as DAP, Pasok, Bersekutu and influential individuals wishing to join the fray, he said, Tuesday.
Meanwhile, he claimed there were more than 100,000 phantom voters in the 1999 electoral rolls and that PKR would provide the necessary evidence to the Election Commission.
Responding to Monday’s statement by Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman that there were no more phantom voters in the electoral rolls, he said it had to be taken with a pinch of salt because the same happened in the 2004 election and is also likely this time.
He regretted that the relevant authorities failed to take action against unscrupulous people grabbing Native Titled lands using fake Native certificates despite numerous police reports lodged.
This included State lands being given to big companies, thereby depriving Sabahans of their right to own lands.
He said Section 88 of the Sabah Land Ordinance clearly protects the rights of Sabahans.