SANDAKAN: Two long-time political buddies are having differing opinions over the capabilities of PBS candidate Datuk Linda Tsen (pic) – with one heaping praise and the other running her down.
Former Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia described the former two-term Batu Sapi MP as “cool, calm and collected” when delivering her points during debates in Parliament.
“I think she is best suited to represent Sandakan voters,” Pandikar said as he pitched his support for Tsen during a campaign round in Pulau Berhala near here.
Pandikar, who left Umno last December, is widely speculated to be joining Usno Baru.
He was there to meet voters and drum up support for PBS as a united opposition front to take on Pakatan Harapan in the May 11 polls.
Tsen will be up against DAP’s Vivian Wong, the youngest daughter of the late MP Datuk Stephen Wong, and three other independents.
Pandikar also said since Pakatan took over Putrajaya about a year ago, many pledges of improving and restoring the country had yet to be seen.
His former deputy in the august House Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, however, begged to differ on his assessment of Tsen’s parliamentary skills.
He told a gathering in the heart of town here that Tsen did not perform to expectations.
“She cannot debate. That’s my observation of her,” the Beluran MP, who is now with Sabah Bersatu, told the crowd during a ceramah in Bandar Kim Fung night market.
Kiandee said it was important to back Wong as she was young, articulate and could argue clearly in three languages to get the message across.
“Above all, it is better for the people to support a candidate from the government,” he said.
Pandikar and Kiandee were political buddies since their days in the now defunct Parti Akar before they joined Umno.
Both of them had since quit Umno after Barisan Nasional suffered a shocking defeat in the May 9 polls last year.