KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): Barisan Nasional (BN) will not field any candidate in the Sandakan Parliamentary by-election to be held on May 11, said its acting chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Mohamad said the decision was unanimously agreed by the three BN component parties, namely UMNO, MCA and MIC at the BN Supreme Council meeting tonight.
"BN will not field its candidate in Sandakan because the constituency had all this while been represented by a local Sabah party that is BN-friendly.
"We (BN) are not yet prepared to participate in Sandakan and we will see how we can give our support to the opposition parties after the nomination for the Sandakan by-election,” he told a media conference after the meeting.
The Sandakan constituency fell vacant following the death of its incumbent member of Parliament Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, of DAP, who was also Sabah Health and People’s Well-being Minister, last March 28.
The Election Commission has fixed April 27 as nomination day, while polling will be on May 11. Early voting is on May 7.