KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will announce their candidate for the Sandakan by-election on Friday (April 26), says party president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
Ongkili, who is Kota Marudu MP, said the announcement would be made at 10am in Sandakan, but the location of the press conference has not been confirmed yet.
He remained tight-lipped when asked to reveal details of the candidate but indicated that they might field someone who would appeal to younger voters.
"No candidate is perfect, but we will be fielding someone who is marketable and can be accepted by our comrades from other opposition parties," he said in Penampang on Thursday (April 25).
Ongkili said the party's supreme council members had held a meeting to endorse their participation during the campaign period leading to the May 11 by-election.
Nomination Day for the Sandakan by-election is on Saturday (April 27).
PBS, which left Barisan Nasional after the coalition lost in GE14, will be contesting using its own party symbol for the first time since 1999.
There has been speculation that PBS might field former Batu Sapi MP Datuk Linda Tsen, who was pushed into the political limelight in 2010 to contest the seat after her husband Datuk Edmond Chong died in a motorcycle accident.
Tsen lost the seat in last year's general election to Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
Another name mentioned is Tsen's former aide Kong Nyuk Thou, who is PBS' Elopura division chief.
The other opposition parties such as Parti Solidariti Tanah AirKu, as well as MCA and Umno, are sitting it out along with the Sabah Progressive Party and Sabah PAS, since the Sandakan seat is widely seen as a DAP stronghold.
The parties have indicated on separate occasions that they would be supporting the opposition candidate.
So far, three individuals – Chia Siew Yung, Sulaiman Samat and Hamzah Abdullah – have announced an interest to contest as independent candidates.