New MP visits father’s grave and vows to give her best

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

SANDAKAN: It was an emotional day for Vivian Wong as she visited the grave of her father Datuk Stephen Wong, a day after she was elected the MP of Sandakan in a by-election that was called following his sudden demise.

Vivian, the youngest of the four children of Stephen and Datin Florence Chong, arrived at the Sandakan Christian Cemetery with her family and Sandakan DAP members around 10.30am.

During their hour-long remembrance, Vivian laid flowers on Stephen’s grave and speaking in Hakka, promised her dad that she would do her best to fulfil her promises to the people after winning the parliamentary seat.

She became tearful as she spoke.

Her mother was equally emotional, sitting on the ground and was even reluctant to leave.

Stephen, 64, a two-term Sandakan MP, died of a heart attack on March 28.

On Saturday, Vivian polled 16,012 votes to retain the seat for DAP with an increased majority of 11,521 votes, higher than the 10,098-vote margin recorded by her father in the 14th General Election.

Her main challenger, Datuk Linda Tsen of Parti Bersatu Sabah, received 4,491 votes. The three independents in the five-cornered fight lost their RM10,000 deposits.

The 30-year-old Vivian is set to be the youngest woman to enter Parliament.

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