Yong’s progress bad news for BN, PKR

By Luke Rintod, Free  Malaysia Today

SANDAKAN: On the weekend before the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election, former chief minister Salleh Said reckons the seat is beyond PKR’s grasp. The state Umno liaison deputy chairman said it would come down to just Barisan Nasional (BN) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) with the former retaining the seat.

“Yong Teck Lee of SAPP is putting up a good fight here but I think he would lose by big margin if DAP manage to swing the Chinese votes to PKR candidate,” he told FMT at Sandakan airport yesterday.

Yong, he said, would put up a good showing in Karamunting state constituency where Chinese voters make up almost the same number as the Muslim bumiputera voters.

Saying he was speaking as an observer, Salleh warned that if Yong could clinch most of the Chinese votes, as some observers here believe, he would indeed be a tougher contender for the Parliamentary seat, previously held by the late Edmund Chong Ket Wah of Parti Bersatu Sabah of BN.

“But if DAP manage to swing Chinese votes to its ally PKR, then BN would win with a big majority,” he added.

Batu Sapi has 25,582 registered voters including 1,535 postal voters. Of the 25,582, about 59% are Muslim bumiputeras, 38% Chinese and only about 3% non-muslim bumiputeras.

Touch-and-go approach

Yong, has so far employed a touch-and-go approach with the Chinese voters, indicating his confidence of their quiet support.