Vivian named DAP candidate
Published on: Friday, April 26, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur

SANDAKAN: Vivian Wong Shir Yee, the youngest daughter of the late Sandakan MP Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, has been named as the DAP candidate for the Sandakan parliamentary by-election.

Announcing Vivian’s candidacy at a “Townhall with the People” session here Thursday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal described her as a winnable candidate.

“We have confidence in her and we will give our strongest support,” he said.

He also described her as someone who is knowledgeable about current affairs as she frequently followed her father for meetings and discussions.

However, Shafie reminded against complacency, saying “we must work hard and not take things for granted to ensure a resounding victory.” 

During the session, various issues were raised by the people, including the rent-to-buy scheme under the People’s Housing Programme, land, the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and duties of village chiefs as well as elected representatives.

Meanwhile, Wong, 30, said she would continue with her father’s struggle to develop Sandakan’s economy.

“Like my late father, I will always go to the ground to understand the people’s problems regardless of race.

“I am confident that with the co-operation of the new government, Sandakan can be developed comprehensively, and I will make Sandakan a dynamic area,” she said after the announcement on her candidacy.

Wong, who has a degree in public relations from Murdoch University in Australia, has been involved in politics through DAP since 2012 and is active in social activities.

She served as special officer to her father when he was the State Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister.

The Sandakan seat fell vacant after Stephen Wong died on March 28, believed due to a heart attack.

Nomination day for the by-election is tomorrow (April 27) and polling is on May 11. Early voting will be held on May 7.


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