SANDAKAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai says Liverpool's stunning victory against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday (May 7) could inspire the party to pull off an upset against DAP.
Likening football to politics, Joniston said Liverpool's "unbelievable" comeback could inspire PBS, an underdog in the Sandakan polls, to defeat DAP in its stronghold.
"As in football, I reckon that it is also the same in politics. Anything is possible.
"DAP may have won the Sandakan seat by a huge margin of more than 10,000 votes in GE14, but Liverpool's 'unbelievable' comeback from behind would inspire PBS and its supporters that despite being the underdog in the Sandakan by-election, it is capable of creating an upset.
"Let's do a Liverpool against DAP in Sandakan!" he said in a Facebook posting on Wednesday (May 8).
Joniston also said he would be wearing the Liverpool jersey in the election campaign for PBS on Wednesday (May 8).
"Liverpool's exemplary team spirit and determination saw them overturned a three-goal deficit against the formidable Messi-led Barcelona with a stunning 4-0 win in the return leg at Anfield," he added.
PBS will lock horns with DAP and three other independent candidates in the Sandakan by-election on May 11.
The Sandakan by-election was called after the sudden death of former MP and Sabah DAP chairman Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt on March 28.
Wong's youngest daughter Vivian, 30, who is also from DAP, would be squaring off against Tsen in a five-cornered fight.
Others in the race as independents are former Sabah PAS and former Sabah Parti Amanah Negara chairman Hamzah Abdullah, 65, businessman Chia Siew Yung, 45, and former political worker Sulaiman Abdul Samat, 36.