KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah opposition party wants to contest in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election if Barisan Nasional (BN) opts out of it.
If that happens, Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri hopes BN will give them their support.
Anak Negeri’s deputy president Edwin Bosi said the party has shortlisted two candidates for the by-election, to be held on May 11.
“Umno has decided not to contest. If MCA does likewise, then we hope they (BN) will throw their support to Anak Negeri.
“If MCA decides to contest, then Anak Negeri will withdraw and support the BN candidate,” he said in a statement here today.
Bosi said it was unlikely that BN will support candidates from parties that have left the former ruling coalition.
”We know that the Pakatan Harapan government is losing steam lately with the astounding victories of BN in the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-elections.
“The momentum for change and against PH is obvious as it has failed to deliver many of its election promises,” he said.
It was learnt that leaders of Anak Negeri and Sabah MCA met earlier today to discuss the possibility of working together but MCA has not made a decision yet.
The Sandakan seat fell vacant following the sudden death of Sabah DAP chief Stephen Wong Tien Fatt on March 28.