KOTA KINABALU: The Pakatan Harapan's (PH) women's wing is ready to campaign for the Kimanis parliamentary by-election next month to ensure victory for the component party.
PH Women information chief Senator Aiman Athirah Al-Jundi said preparation at the national and state level has been top notch, and the party machinery would be mobilised on nomination day on Jan 4.
She said PH Women would be working closely with their allies from the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (Upko) and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) in campaign programmes throughout the by-election.
"As we know, Kimanis has been a BN stronghold. We believe with close cooperation and smart campaigning strategies, we will be able to wrest the seat.
"We want to send a message to the Chief Minister (Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) that we can’t wait to 'turun padang' and ensure victory to the candidate, regardless whether he or she is from PH or Warisan," she said at a press conference here today.
Earlier Aiman, who is also chief of Angkatan Wanita Amanah Negara, chaired a meeting to discuss on the women's preparations.
Also present was Sabah DAP Women chief Janie Lasimbang, who was nominated as PH Women operation committee director for the Kimanis by-election.
Like other by-elections, Aiman said their involvement was not merely to garner voters' support but also to help engage with the people on the ground.
"This is an opportunity for us to learn about the people and their situation. Although we are the government, there may be issues that we don't know of, particularly in Kimanis.
"Therefore, this is a chance for us to provide our service to the Kimanis constituents and understand their needs. This is to enable us to serve better in future," she said.
With the Kadazandusun community representing 45 per cent of voters in Kimanis, Janie said they would focus on meeting the people at 'tamu' (weekly market) and doing outreach programme at villages.
"The tamu is an important place because we can meet various communities there. The Chinese New Year celebration is also around the corner.
"We will demonstrate unity and reach as many communities as we can. We are ready," she said.
The Kimanis by-election early voting falls on Jan 14, while polling day is fixed on Jan 18.