SANDAKAN: Candidates eying to be the next Sandakan MP have expressed optimism as campaigning for the May 11 polls comes to a close.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate Datuk Linda Tsen said her team had given its best shot in wooing voters, and it’s up to the locals themselves to judge.
“I have reached out to the people. We have done our best and we leave it to the people,” she said on Friday (May 10).
Tsen added that PBS is still working for “every single vote until the last second”.
Meanwhile, independent candidates Hamzah Abdullah and Chia Siew Yung are confident they will not lose their deposits.
Hamzah believes that a silent majority will vote in favour of him as an independent candidate.
"The silent majority are those who are tired of being manipulated by politicians with empty promises.
“These voters had been traditionally voting for independent candidates or the opposition since the last election.
"The very reason they voted the late Datuk Stephen Wong in the 14th general election was due to his standing as an opposition candidate then," said Hamzah.
Chia, however, kept it simple by saying that response has been good during campaigning.
"I have done all I can to reach out to the people.
"We shall wait and see," he said when asked about the expected outcome of election results, while voicing confidence in keeping his deposit.
Meanwhile, independent candidate Sulaiman Abdul Samat was more reserved when asked about his chances after campaigning, and simply replied, "Wait until Saturday (May 11)."
Attempts to contact DAP’s Vivian Wong were futile at time of writing.
The Sandakan parliamentary seat has about 40,000 voters comprising 51% Chinese and 45% Muslim bumiputera’s. The rest of the electorate was made up from the Kadazandusun community and others.
The May 11 polls will be a five-cornered fight between PBS, DAP and three independent candidates.
The Sandakan polls was triggered by the death of Wong’s father Datuk Stephen Wong, the two-term incumbent MP who passed away due to a heart attack.