Wong’s daughter is most likely Sabah DAP’s choice
Published on: Saturday, April 20, 2019
By: Nikko Fabian

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Democratic Action Party (DAP) leadership, with consent from the national level, has unanimously agreed to field Vivian Wong (pic) as the party’s official candidate for the Sandakan by-election scheduled to be held on May 11, Daily Express reliably learnt.

Vivian is the youngest daughter of the late MP Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt who died of a heart attack on March 28.

A source said the state leaders believe that Vivian, 30, was the best choice considering that she worked closely as her father’s public relations officer in the Sabah Health and Wellbeing Ministry.

She was with her father throughout his political campaign and was very involved in party activities, the source said adding Vivian has a degree in media communication.

“The official announcement will be made by DAP President cum Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng any time soon,” the source said, adding he would be in Sandakan during Nomination Day (April 27) to show strong support.

However, it was undecided whether the party would use the DAP or PH logo. “Sabah DAP prefer to use our ‘Rocket’ logo simply because it is already popular among Sabahans especially those in Sandakan. However, we will abide by any decision by the PH Government,” the source said.

To date only Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Rakyat Sabah (Star) has announced its candidate in the form of economist Liew Wean Chee, while former oil palm executive Chia Siew Yung also announced his intention to run as an independent.

Earlier, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed confidence that Pakatan Harapan would win the Sandakan parliamentary by-election, saying that sentiments appeared to remain with the ruling party. Despite defeats in the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-elections, Dr Mahathir said PH had so far done well at the polls.

“Well, we are going to win in Sandakan. You forgot to mention the one (the victory) in Port Dickson, so (PH’s performance at the polls is) not too bad. But in Sandakan it is quite different, we are more comfortable with it, and we think we can win there.

“The member of parliament there (Stephen Wong) who died was very popular. And I think the people there have not changed so much with their attitude (support) towards us.”



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