SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate Linda Tsen thanked the party for its faith in her but said she may not have enough time to campaign for the Sandakan by-election.
Speaking briefly to the media after the nomination process closed this morning, Tsen said as a vice-president of the local party, she had a lot of work left to do.
“So far, the people’s support has been strong for PBS and I am grateful the party gave me this opportunity to stand in Sandakan.
“I was born here, so this is my home.
“I spent eight years representing Batu Sapi constituents, which means I have the experience necessary to do this job if given the chance.”
She hoped the voters in Sandakan would back PBS as it is a multiracial party which truly reflects the composition of Sandakan’s voters.
She will be launching her manifesto for Sandakan this evening. She also thanked the various opposition parties that came out to support her.
Tsen was accompanied by more than 300 supporters to the nomination centre this morning. They comprised not only PBS members but also supporters of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and BN component parties Umno and MCA.
Meanwhile, independent candidate Sulaiman Abdul Samat said he was contesting the seat because he understood the needs and problems of the people here better than any of the other candidates.
“I worked at the Sandakan people’s service centre for six months together with the former Sandakan MP, the late Stephen Wong, and I know what the people really want.
“I must stress here that I have no problems with Wong’s family. I truly respected him but this is something I must do because I feel I am capable,” he said.
Sulaiman, who quit DAP in order to contest in the by-election, said one of the most pressing issues in Sandakan was the lack of housing for the people.
In the past 15 years, he claimed, the previous government had bulldozed thousands of houses, making 8,000 families homeless.
He said the government managed to provide housing for only 1,600 of these households.
“That means 6,400 families remain homeless. I have asked the government to look into this problem and this is something I will continue to fight for,” he said.