PAS to skip Sandakan polls

PETALING JAYA: PAS today confirmed that it would skip the Sandakan by-election in Sabah but said it would help campaign for the candidate fielded by the opposition.

In a statement, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the party’s Sabah and Sandakan chapters would mobilise their machinery to help campaign for the opposition candidate in the run-up to the May 11 polls.

He voiced hope that the by-election result would favour the opposition, to ensure more effective checks and balances in Parliament.

PAS previously opted out of the by-elections in Semenyih, Rantau, Cameron Highlands, Balakong, Port Dickson and Sungai Kandis.

The Sandakan seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, Stephen Wong of DAP.

Wong, who died on March 28, defeated Barisan Nasional’s Lim Ming Ho for the seat in last year’s general election with a majority of 10,098 votes.

His youngest daughter, Vivian, is likely to be fielded in the by-election.