Anwar says Sandakan a battle between Barisan and Pakatan


PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew who is also Sabah PKR chief and DAP candidate Vivian Wong during the walkabout at Sandakan Bazaar Ramadan. ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew who is also Sabah PKR chief and DAP candidate Vivian Wong during the walkabout at Sandakan Bazaar Ramadan. ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

SANDAKAN: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim asks “What is Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)?” in a speech at a ceramah in Bandar Indah here Tuesday (May 7).

The Port Dickson MP pointed out that the Sandakan by-election is more than just a fight between PBS and DAP, but a battleground between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional.

“What is PBS? Are they trying to take down this government? This is a battle ground of Pakatan and Barisan.

“And, Barisan’s main owner is Umno-PAS, this is important, you all must remember this,” he told the crowd.

PBS had been given the green light by other Opposition parties including Barisan, Sabah Progressive Party, Sabah STAR, Usno and PAS to challenge DAP in the by-election.

Anwar also pointed out that the Sandakan by-election is a battle of policies between DAP and PBS.

He explained that Pakatan Harapan and DAP’s stance is to provide a needs-based welfare policy for the poor, without taking into account one’s race.

“Umno used to say don’t help the Chinese because they are tauke’s (bosses). This is wrong. We must help the poor.

“If Vivian Wong wins, this will be her policy. If PBS wins, they have their own policy. Wong carries DAP’s policy,” he said.

Anwar also said it was vital to have a strong government so Pakatan could change previous policies by the Barisan administration.

“The government must be strong so we can change the ancient, ridiculous and corrupt policies to new ones.

“And we need the support of the people from Port Dickson to Sandakan,” he said.

DAP’s ceramah on Tuesday (May 7) drew the biggest crowd as the Sandakan by-election campaign enters its 11th day.

The May 11 polls are set to see a five-cornered fight between DAP’s Wong, PBS’ former two-term Batu Sapi MP Datuk Linda Tsen and three independent candidates.