KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is considering contesting the coming Sandakan by-election.
PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said they would, however, consult other Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) colleagues, which includes members of Sabah STAR before doing so.
He said they needed to gather feedback on the matter.
Ongkili noted that PBS members and supporters in Sandakan had remained strong although many were asked to join Warisan-linked parties.
“Feedback from the ground revealed that many who voted for Parti Harapan-Warisan in the last election are regretting now.
“They feel cheated because of broken election promises and the absence of any improvement in administration and development,” he said yesterday.
The Kota Marudu MP said business conditions continue to worsen with higher costs of goods and services, coupled with the dampened prices of oil palm and rubber.
“People also claimed that PATI (illegal immigrants) are still roaming in towns,” Ongkili said.
The Election Commission has set May 7 for early voting and May 11 as polling day for the Sandakan by-election after its MP Datuk Stephen Wong of DAP passed away due to a heart attack on March 28.
Nominations will be held on April 27.