Sabah kicks off state elections

KUALA LUMPUR (XINHUA) – Malaysia’s northern Borneo state of Sabah kicked off campaigning for state legislative elections yesterday with political parities nominating their candidates.

Nominations proceeded as scheduled, with candidates contesting in 73 state seats, including 13 new seats for the polls on September 26, state news agency Bernama reported.

The state government was dissolved on July 30 after an alleged attempt by former chief minister Musa Aman to draw state legislative representatives to his side to form a new state government.

The elections will see incumbent Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and his allies trying to hold on to power against the challenge by the multi-party coalition supported by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.