KOTA KINABALU: DAP met expectations with early unofficial results for the Sandakan by-election showing its candidate, Vivian Wong, on track to retain the seat for DAP with a huge majority.
Early counting showed that Wong is already way ahead of the other candidates, obtaining more than 11,000 votes compared with the 2,500 votes for the nearest challenger, Linda Tsen of PBS.
Wong’s father, Stephen Wong, had won the seat in 2013 with a huge majority of 10,098 votes, from a voter turnout of 72%. However, only about 51% had turned out by 4pm today.
The Sandakan by-election was called following the death of Stephen Wong in March.
Sandakan has 39,777 registered voters – with ethnic Chinese comprising 49% of the constituents, Muslim Bumiputeras 44% and non-Muslim Bumiputeras 6%.
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Vivian Wong (DAP) 16,012 votes
Linda Tsen (PBS) 4,491 votes
Majority 11,521 votes
Hamzah Abdullah (Ind): 788
Chia Siew Yung (Ind): 178
Sulaiman Abdul Samat (Ind): 126
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has hailed the DAP’s victory in Sandakan as a turnaround of political fortunes after Pakatan Harapan’s three by-election defeats in Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau.
He said Vivian Wong had made history by winning with “the greatest majority in the history of Sandakan”. Her majority is better than the 10,000 majority won by her father, Stephen Wong, in 2013.
Lim said Vivian Wong’s victory was “a knockout blow” to the Malu Apa Bossku campaign of former prime minister Najib Razak.