The Sandakan by-election, 11 May 2019…

12 May 2019

Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin today claimed that vote-buying occurred in yesterday’s Sandakan by-election.

“Some voters are telling me there was money used. We are checking on the allegations,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

Last night, DAP’s Vivian Wong retained the Sandakan parliamentary seat with an 11,521 vote majority, against PBS’ Linda Tsen and three independent candidates.

Tsen, who was backed by BN, only managed to secure 4,491 votes.

Bung had previously claimed that Umno would mobilise 9,700 members in the constituency to vote for PBS.

However, The Star quoted him as saying that the party only managed to mobilise 3,500.

The Kinabatangan MP cited a lack of funds as the reason why outstation voters could not be brought back.


SANDAKAN: Sabah Umno blamed money politics for the huge loss of votes in the Muslim bumiputra areas for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate Datuk Linda Tsen in the Sandakan by-election.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin claimed that money was used to entice voters.

“Some voters are telling me there was money used. We are checking on the allegations,” he said, adding that they were able to mobilise 3,500 of the 7,900 Umno voters to cast their vote.

However, he said that due to lack of funds, they were not able to bring back the outstation voters.

Bung Moktar said the defeat of PBS did not directly affect Umno as they were just helping.

“We will continue to work towards strengthening the party and see how best they would work as a partnership,” he said.

He added that after the 14th General Election, the Sandakan by-election was a testing ground for them to work out a formula towards creating a Sabah-based opposition coalition.

“We will hold more discussions and come out with a strategy to take on Warisan (Parti Warisan Sabah) and their Pakatan Harapan partners. This is just a stepping stone,” said the Kinabatangan MP.


11 May 2019

27 April 2019


Who will lose their deposit?

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Sandakan by-election will be a crowded affair with five candidates in the fray after the nomination period closed this morning.

DAP’s Vivian Wong will attempt to defend her late father’s seat against Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) Linda Tsen and three Independent candidates — Hamzah Abdullah, Chia Siew Yong and Sulaiman Abdul Samad.


KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — DAP will likely retain Sandakan in the upcoming by-election, albeit with a smaller majority, analysts believe.

Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said voters in the Sabah parliamentary constituency may be tougher on DAP now that the party is part of the coalition government.

“But on the other hand, PBS is still widely perceived to be aligned with the racially supremacist Umno, and thus is too difficult for the majority Chinese voters of Sandakan to stomach,” Oh told Malay Mail.

PBS, which won one parliament and six state seats in the 2018 general election, has nominated Datuk Linda Tsen, a former two term MP of neighbouring Batu Sapi constituency, for the by-election.

Oh said the Sandakan race was significant in Sabah as a DAP victory would indicate that the Warisan-led Sabah state government could deliver a win for their federal partners without the latter having to intrude excessively into Sabah politics.

“This race is significant nationally only because it will be a first by-election win for PH (Pakatan Harapan) after having suffered three consecutive electoral defeats in the Peninsula.”

DAP has decided to field the late Sandakan MP Stephen Wong’s daughter, Vivian. The late Sabah health and public well-being minister, who died last month from a heart attack, had won Sandakan in 2018 with a majority of over 10,000 votes.

James Chin, director of the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, said DAP would campaign on regaining its seat in the Sabah state Cabinet and on a sympathy vote, while PBS or the Opposition would say that things have gotten worse under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

“DAP will have little problem in retaining the seat,” he told Malay Mail.

“I have many friends in Sandakan and they tell me it’s a non-event. They tell me all the kopitiam talk is that it’s Rocket for sure,” he added, referring to DAP’s symbol.


SANDAKAN, April 27 — The nomination process for the Sandakan by-election will begin at 9am at Dewan Aktiviti Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK) Tiong Hua here.

A drizzle did not stop supporters of the candidates gathering in force to accompany them to the nomination centre.

DAP supporters gathered at the BDC Light Industrial Zone nearby while those backing the PBS candidate at Bandar Maju, which is also just a stone’s throw away.

Several access routes to SMJK Tiong Hua were closed and were under heavy guard by police as early as 6 am.

The candidates have an hour till 10 am to file in their nomination papers before returning officer Mohd Hamsan Awang Supain announces the names of the candidates qualified to contest, which will be at 11am.

The Sandakan parliamentary seat fell vacant after the incumbent Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt died of a heart attack at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu on March 28

So far, the DAP has announced Wong’s youngest child Vivian Wong Shir Yee, 30, as the party’s candidate, while Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is expected to field former Batu Sapi MP Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, 63.

Another three individuals have expressed interest in running as Independents, namely businessman Chia Siew Yung, former administrative assistant at the Sandakan parliamentary constituency service centre, Sulaiman Samat and former founding member of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Sabah, Hamzah Abdullah.

Early voting is on May 7 and polling on May 11.

26 April 2019



SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has named Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, the former Batu Sapi MP to face off DAP’s Vivian Wong, a political newbie in the looming May 11 polls.

The announcement was made by PBS president Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili during a press conference at the party’s headquarters here on Friday (April 26), where he appealed to the Sandakan folks who have a history of voting against the establishment, to exercise their independence in supporting the PBS candidate to voice Sabah’s rights in Parliament.

“She is not foreign to Sandakan. And, as a two-term parliamentarian, she has a proven track record and the best choice to be the voice of the Sandakan people in the Parliament.

“We need a person who is not only experienced, but has served her previous constituents well. She is very likeable and close to the grassroots.”



KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has decided to bury the hatchet and throw its support behind Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) as the latter prepares to face DAP in the upcoming Sandakan by-election.

SAPP president Yong Teck Lee said that he has personally conveyed SAPP’s decision to PBS president Maximus Ongkili yesterday.

“It is common knowledge that SAPP and PBS have not been on the best of terms in the last 25 years.

“Since SAPP can support PBS in the interest of Sabah rights, I believe that each and every Malaysian in Sandakan can also support PBS,” he said when contacted today.

Once fierce rivals, SAPP now pledges support for PBS

25 April 2019


KOTA KINABALU, April 25 — The youngest daughter of the late Sandakan MP Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt will be gunning to replace her father as the MP in his constituency after his death last month.

Thirty-year-old Vivian Wong Shir Yee from DAP was chosen to contest the urban seat on Sabah’s east coast in the May 11 polls ahead of nomination day this Saturday.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal announced her as the candidate during a townhall session programme today with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The public relations graduate aspired to follow her father’s political footsteps, and has shadowed him on his campaign trails since 2012.




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