SANDAKAN: DAP’s Vivian Wong hopes to bring back the glory days of this east coast district as she attempts to fill the Sandakan parliamentary seat that fell vacant due to her father’s sudden death on March 28.
The 30-year-old Sandakan native lass said she aspired to form a dynamic Sandakan that was once known as little Hong Kong.
“I aspire to continue my father’s legacy of boosting tourism, oil palm industry, and wood-based downstream industry in this town.
“As a native of Sandakan, I know the problems faced by the locals and I want to solve them,” she said after being introduced as the candidate for the by-election by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal at a gathering here yesterday.
Also present was DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who is Finance Minister.
Wong is the youngest daughter of the late Datuk Stephen Wong who was also Sabah DAP chairman and state Health and Wellbeing Minister.
Her candidacy was widely expected as DAP is keen to field an active party member and she fits the bill since she had been working closely with her late father as the ministry’s public relations officer.
Shafie later told reporters that DAP would be using its logo in the by-election.
He also said they were not taking the by-election for granted and would work hard to ensure DAP retain the seat.