UMNO: DAP won the Sandakan by-election, PH didn’t

UMNO: DAP won the Sandakan by-election, PH didn’t

PUCHONG: Umno secretary general Datuk Seri Annuar Musa ridiculed DAP’s victory in the Sandakan by-election, held yesterday which saw DAP candidate Vivian Wong Shir Yee retaining the seat for Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“DAP’s victory clearly proves only DAP with its own logo won in PH,” he said.

DAP is a component member of PH and the party had used the PH logo instead of its rocket since Balakong by-election.

“The rest of the parties would just be food in the DAP led PH,” he added, on Twitter.

A screen capture of Umno secretary general, Annuar Musa’s Twitter message

Umno has been consistently claiming that PH is being led by the DAP even though the majority of cabinet minister positions are held by other PH component parties.

Wong retained the Sandakan parliament seat with a 11,521 majority votes in a five cornered tussle. Her closest rival, Linda Tsen Thau Lin of PBS only secured 4,491 votes.

The by-election was called following the death of its incumbent, Stephen Wong Thien Fatt who is also the father to Vivian Wong.

PBS a former BN component party quit the former ruling coalition last year. It is now a member of state coalition, Gabungan Bersatu.

Despite no longer being in BN, Umno leaders campaigned for PBS in this by-election. BN is currently made up of Umno, MCA and MIC.

BN having a break to create hattrick again

Annuar who is also Ketereh MP also anticipated several more by-elections post Aidilfitri celebrations. He is also confident of more victories for Barisan Nasional, the coalition that Umno leads.

“It is expected after Raya, there would be one or two more by-elections. We will meet again after BN takes a short break as it created a hattrick of 3-0,” he said.

The hattrick was in reference to the three by-elections that BN won in Cameron Highlands parliament seat and the state seats of Semenyih and Rantau.

Annuar also said that BN’s decision against contesting the by-election was a correct one.

“It was a correct decision to test whether Sabah rejects peninsular based parties. The answer is no.

“It is just that our prediction that DAP would gain a 20,000 majority was up in the smoke because those who went out to vote were from the DAP gang.”

He also highlighted the low voter turnout that stood at 54.44 percent.

“Almost 50 percent chose to celebrate Ramadan at home,” he added.

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