Khalid Abdul Samad said Amanah has already expressed full support for Vivian Wong Shir Yee of DAP, which is part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. (NSTP/KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN)

SANDAKAN: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has warned its former member and independent candidate Hamzah Abdullah not to involve the party in any of his campaign for the Sandakan by-election.

Party communication director Khalid Abdul Samad said Amanah has already expressed full support for Vivian Wong Shir Yee of DAP, which is part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

“We respect his (Hamzah) decision to quit Amanah. It is his rights to contest but he needs to make sure not to involve Amanah's name,” he told reporters during a visit to Taman Hujan Sandakan, here, today.

On Tuesday, state Amanah youth chief Khairuddin Daud lodged a police report against Hamzah after a group of men, donning T-shirts with Amanah's logo, were spotted helping Hamzah distribute flyers.

Hamzah, who is former state Amanah chairman, will be contesting against Vivian, the daughter of late Sandakan MP Datuk Stephen Wong, Parti Bersatu Sabah vice president Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, and two other independent hopefuls.

The Sandakan parliament seat was left vacant following Wong’s death on March 28. The polling day is fixed on May 11.

Speaking on DAP, Khalid said Amanah has never considered the party as an enemy to the Muslims or Malays in the state, adding that such political game only happened in the peninsula.

In view of that, he said Amanah hoped the support it gave to DAP candidate would not be an issue among Sabah people, particularly in Sandakan in the coming by-election.