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Pas will give its full support to the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) for the Sandakan by-election on May 11. (NSTP Archive)

KOTA BARU: Pas will give its full support to the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) for the Sandakan by-election on May 11.

Its secretary-general, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, said this was in line with the party’s decision not to field a candidate when nomination day for the by-election rolled around on April 27.

“The move is to strengthen the opposition bloc (in Parliament) which will play its role as check and balance in the Dewan Rakyat. This, for the sake of the country and the well-being of the people,” he said in a statement.

Therefore, said Takiyuddin, Pas has directed its election machinery to assist its members in Sabah, particularly in Sandakan.

“They have also been told to ensure other members will give their vote to PBS candidate Linda Tsen who will be contesting in the by-election,” he said.

The Sandakan parliamentary seat fell vacant after its member of parliament, Datuk Stephen Wong, died of a heart attack on March 28.

In the 14th general election, Wong obtained 19,094 votes, defeating BN candidate Datuk Lim Ming Hoo, who garnered 8,996 votes.

Sandakan has 39,777 registered voters, comprising ethnic Chinese (49 per cent), Muslim Bumiputera (44 per cent) and non-Muslim Bumiputera (six per cent)

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