SANDAKAN (Bernama): The newly-elected Sandakan MP Vivian Wong Shir Yee spent her first morning as a people's representative visiting the grave of her late father Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt at the Sandakan Christian Cemetery here Sunday (May 12).
Vivian, 30, was accompanied by her mother Datin Florence Chong Mee Fook and other family members as well as Sandakan DAP members.
Looking sad, Vivian and her entourage lowered their heads at her late father's grave as a sign of respect for his services to the people when he was Sandakan MP for two terms.
She also had difficulty holding back her tears as she placed flowers on her father's grave.
The youngest of four siblings, Vivian dedicated her election victory in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election yesterday to her late father for his guidance in the political arena.
The Sandakan parliamentary seat was left vacant following the sudden death of Stephen Wong from a heart attack on March 28 in Kota Kinabalu.
Yesterday, Vivian was declared the new Sandakan MP with a bigger majority of 11,521 votes. Her father had won the seat with a 10,098-vote majority in GE14.
She defeated her nearest rival Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin from Parti Bersatu Sabah and three independent candidates, Hamzah Abdullah, Chia Siew Yung and Sulaiman Abdul Samat. - Bernama