Inanam Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) divisional chairman Johnny Goh retained Inanam in the March 8 general election with a reduced majority compared to the 2004 election. In the other hand, Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) Datuk Eric Majimbun defended his Sepanggar MP seat with increased majority.
I was with a group of friends earlier today and we were still talking out the outcome of the elections, in particular the result of the Inanam state seat and the Sepanggar parliamentary constituency. Sepanggar other State's seat is Karambunai which was won by Jainab Ahmad of Umno. PBS, SAPP and Umno are all Barisan Nasional component members.
One of my friend claimed that Johnny's reduced majority votes was due to SAPP's campaigners telling voters to vote BN for the MP seat but DAP or other opposition candidates for the Inanam seat. He said although Majimbun had denied knowledge of this, it had indeed happened.
"That is why Johnny's vote majority was only 1,686 votes compared to 3,731 in 2004 while Majimbun majority went up from 11,128 votes in 2004 to 11,461 in the just concluded general elections," another of my friend said.
Reading the result of the Inanam's seat, my conclusion it that Johnny would had lost the seat if he was involved in a straight contest either with DAP or Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). In the election DAP and PKR fielded their respective candidates plus an Independent.
Johnny garnered 5,979 votes, PKR's Daniel John Jambun polled 4,293 votes, Jeffrey Jumin of DAP obtained 2,864 votes while loner Clarence Chin only managed 196 votes.
The votes garnered by DAP and PKR are more than the votes polled by Johnny.