SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) says it is not behind the criticism against DAP candidate Vivian Wong for helping to clean up a Muslim cemetery during her by-election campaign.
PBS deputy president Datuk Dr Yee Mo Chai dismissed accusations by DAP that PBS was politicising the matter.
“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 could do that? Please don’t joke about that,” Dr Yee said to reporters when met during a walkabout at the Sandakan central market here yesterday.
On Sunday, a picture of Wong cleaning up the Muslim cemetery at Kampung Sim Sim drew flak on social media, with some calling it a political gimmick, alleging that it was not genuine.
PBS candidate Datuk Linda Tsen, who was also present with Dr Yee, said personal attacks was not how the party conducted its campaign in the by-election.
“I can tell you that we have nothing to do with that. We don’t do this sort of thing. It is not my style, not my party’s style.
“I don’t like doing personal attacks. Honestly, I wish Wong all the best,” said Tsen, a former two-term Batu Sapi MP.
Tsen said based on her past experience as MP, whenever there are issues pertaining to mosques, she would first discuss with the relevant people outside the mosque.
“If they do not invite me inside the mosque, I will not go in. This is my attitude because they have their rules. You can’t simply just go in,” she added.
DAP Sabah publicity secretary Phoong Jin Zhe, in a statement on Sunday, defended Wong’s programme to help in cleaning up the cemetery, saying it was a normal annual practice by her late father Datuk Stephen Wong, the former two-term Sandakan MP.
Phoong said it was regretful that the programme was seen by the opposition and some members of the public as a political gimmick.