By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
SANDAKAN: Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, the former Batu Sapi MP from Parti Bersatu Sabah, is expected to face off DAP’s Vivian Wong, a political newbie in the May 11 by-election, along with at least four independents.
PBS president Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili made the announcement during a press conference at the party’s headquarters here on Friday (April 26),
“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,” he said of Linda.
On Thursday, DAP had named Vivian Wong as its candidate. The 30-year old Vivian is the daughter of the former Sandakan lawmaker, Stephen Wong, who died of a heart attack on March 28.
Ongkili also described Tsen as a “dedicated and hardworking senior grassroots leader”, adding that the 63-year-old has a good chance on taking on DAP.
Ongkili, who is Kota Marudu MP, said that there were disappointments and frustrations expressed by locals towards the Pakatan Harapan government’s failure to fulfil its election manifesto.
In KOTA KINABALU, the Malaya-based Umno announced that it will back PBS in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election.
Its chairman, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who is the MP for Kinabatangan, said he had spoken to Dr Maximus on the matter.
Meanwhile, the media centre for the Sandakan parliamentary by-election operated by Sabah Information Department with the cooperation from the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, began operations Friday.
Sabah Information director Norzawiyah Bulka said the media centre is located at the multipurpose hall of the Sandakan Community College in Bandar Labuk Jaya here and would function as a one-stop centre for all media representatives covering the by-election.
“The centre provides working spaces and various facilities for members of the media to do their job, including Internet lines, as well as information relating to the by-election, such as area profiles.
“Tomorrow (Saturday), soon after we get the list of contesting candidates, we will prepare their biodata and members of the media can get the information here,” she told reporters at the media centre today.
The media centre will be operated by 12 staff and will open from 9 am to 9 pm daily until May 11, she added.
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