Spe­cial Ra­madan for Mu­ni­rah

‘Gi­ant killer’ plans to spend holy month vis­it­ing her con­stituents

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By NATASHA JOIBI news­desk@thes­tar.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: Ra­madan this year is spe­cial for Parti Warisan Sabah’s Is­narais­sah Mu­ni­rah Ma­jilis

(pic), who earned her­self the la­bel of “gi­ant killer” af­ter de­feat­ing po­lit­i­cal big­wig Datuk Seri Dr Salleh

Said Keruak for the Kota Be­lud par­lia­men­tary seat.

Mu­ni­rah, the Warisan Wi­rawati (women’s wing) chief, said this Ra­madan sea­son will be “def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent” from pre­vi­ous years, and she planned to ob­serve the holy month with her con­stituents.

“I will be vis­it­ing mosques in var­i­ous vil­lages in Usukan and Tem­pa­suk (Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity state con­stituen­cies within Kota Be­lud) to spend time with the peo­ple.

“I have re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions to buka puasa and per­form prayers (with con­stituents),” she said yes­ter­day.

Mu­ni­rah won the seat with a 4,262-vote ma­jor­ity in GE14, af­ter fail­ing to wrest it from Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan on a PKR ticket in GE13.

She left PKR to join Warisan in 2016.

The 36-year-old elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer said she was in “dis­be­lief ” af­ter emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous against Salleh, as many naysay­ers had doubted her abil­ity to de­feat the for­mer Sabah chief min­is­ter and fed­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mul­ti­me­dia min­is­ter.

“Yes, there were peo­ple who doubted me be­cause of my age or gen­der. But it is okay, I like the feel­ing of be­ing the un­der­dog.

“I be­lieve the peo­ple of Kota Be­lud wanted a change, which is why the fi­nal out­come favoured me,” she said.

Mu­ni­rah, who has been ac­tive in pol­i­tics since 2011, said she hoped her vic­tory would en­cour­age more po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment among women.

“Their voice is im­por­tant in shap­ing the fu­ture,” she said.

Salleh, who is Mu­ni­rah’s sec­ond cousin, de­scribed his de­feat as “some­thing not easy to take and most cer­tainly, very hum­bling”.

The Kota Be­lud seat was also held for more than a decade by his fa­ther, for­mer chief min­is­ter and Sabah gov­er­nor Mohammad Said Keruak, in the 1970s.

Mu­ni­rah, how­ever, said their po­lit­i­cal ri­valry would not af­fect the fam­ily ties.

Asked about her plans for Kota Be­lud, Mu­ni­rah said all would be re­vealed in due time.

“It has al­ways been my dream to con­trib­ute to Kota Be­lud.

“I am work­ing on a mas­ter plan to re­struc­ture the whole dis­trict, which I will re­veal soon,” she added.

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