SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has declared that it does not have a hidden hand behind mounting criticisms against DAP candidate Vivian Wong for cleaning up a Muslim cemetery.
PBS deputy president Datuk Dr Yee Mo Chai, without mincing his words, dismissed accusations by DAP that PBS was politicising the matter as a “big joke”.
“Are you saying that PBS arranged for them to go and visit the cemetery and then we took a picture and posted it?
“You think we would do that? Please don’t joke about it,” Dr Yee told reporters when met during a walkabout at the Sandakan central market Monday (April 29).
PBS candidate Datuk Linda Tsen (pic), who was also present with Dr Yee, said personal attacks are not how the party conducts its campaign in the Sandakan by-election.
“I can tell you that we have nothing to do with it. We don’t do this sort of thing. It is not my style, not my party’s style.
“Honestly, I wish Wong all the best,” said Tsen, a former two-term Batu Sapi MP.
Drawing on her experience as a former MP, Tsen said that whenever there are issues pertaining to mosques, she would first discuss with the relevant people outside the mosque.
“Anytime they have any issues, they will come and find me and I will discuss with them outside.
“If they do not invite me inside the mosque, I will not go in. This is my attitude because they have their rules and regulations. You can’t simply just go in,” she said.
On Sunday (April 28), Wong courted criticism after pictures of her cleaning up a Muslim cemetery in Kampung Sim Sim during her campaign made rounds on social media.
Sabah DAP publicity secretary Phoong Jin Zhe, in a statement Sunday (April 28), defended Wong’s programme to clean up a Muslim cemetery, saying it was an annual practice by her later father Datuk Stephen Wong, the former two-term Sandakan MP.
Phoong said it is regretful that the programme was seen by the Opposition and some members of the public as a political gimmick.
The Sandakan polls is set to see a five-cornered fight between DAP, PBS, and three independent candidates.