GEORGE TOWN: DAP and its candidate Vivian Wong made history by winning the largest majority in Sandakan's electoral history, says party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
He said DAP was shocked by the landslide victory with a majority of 11,521 votes despite the steep 18% drop in voter turnout to 54% this year from 72% last year.
“This was larger than the 10,098 vote majority obtained by her late father Stephen Wong in the 2018 general election,” he said in a statement on Sunday (May 12).
“Furthermore, this is the first time DAP won in all polling districts in Sandakan, including the Barisan Nasional strongholds of postal votes, Pulau Berhala and Kampung Sim Sim.
“This victory belongs to the people of Sandakan, and their confidence and support for the political combination of Warisan, DAP and Pakatan Harapan,” he added.
Lim said the full confidence and support by Sandakan voters were among the key attributes to their victory.
“One, we have the full confidence and support of Sandakan voters for the leadership of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
“As the Sandakan by-election result proves, the Opposition cannot match Warisan, DAP and Pakatan's combination in stressing moderation and uniting Malaysians to represent all races, religions and localities.
“This rejection of divisive and destructive racist politics, religious extremism and corruption is the best gift for the 1st year anniversary of Warisan and Pakatan winning power at the state and federal governments,” he said.
Lim added that one of the key reasons for their victory was due to the support for people-centric development, in the hope of making Sandakan a dynamic economy again.
“We believe the people are also rooting for good and clean governance, besides supporting good work done by the late Sandakan MP Stephen Wong,” he said.
Lim said DAP’s electoral machinery and mobilisation of leaders and members that were strongly supported by Warisan and Pakatan also enabled a comprehensive campaign filled with energy, the pace and the voter outreach to cover the entire constituency.
“The time for victory celebrations will be short, as the people of Sandakan expect us to work hard to bring change.
“We believe under the capable leadership of Shafie, we will deliver as promised,” he added.