SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate for the Sandakan by-election, Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, said Datuk Liew Vui Keong should not chide her for contesting elsewhere when he had done the same.
Commenting on Liew's statement that she came to contest in Sandakan after losing the Batu Sapi seat in the previous general election, Linda said Liew lost in the Sandakan parliamentary seat in the 2013 elections and shifted to Batu Sapi in 2018, where he won, defeating her.
"He was Sandakan MP before then he lost in GE13, then he came to Batu Sapi. He won and I lost.
"Do we give up just because we lost one time? No, we never give up.
"You can see many people that lost so many times, but they still go on - you must have fighting spirit," she told reporters after kickstarting her campaign at Taman Damai and the Kim Fung market Sunday (April 28).
Tsen said among her achievements as Batu Sapi MP were assisting government and Chinese schools as well as improving road links.
Tsen started her campaign later than her opponents, who had started as soon as nominations ended on Saturday (April 27).
Asked why her campaign started a bit later, she said it was because she wanted to get familiar with the constituency before going to the ground.
"I know the Elopura area well but not so much Tanjung Papat (both state constituencies under the Sandakan parliamentary seat), that is why we started a bit late in the campaign," Tsen said.
She went on a house-to-house visit at the housing estate starting from 4.20pm, and then visited the stalls at the market nearby.
The 63-year-old candidate and her volunteers also passed out election leaflets along the way.