PAS drops Sandakan by-election, but tells supporters to vote Opposition

PAS has decided not to contest in the May 11 Sandakan parliamentary by-election, its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said today.

(MMO) – He said the decision was made by the party’s central leadership during a meeting Monday, adding that its members have been asked to support whoever is fielded as the Opposition candidate instead in the Sabah federal seat vacant following the death of its DAP elected representative.

“PAS hopes the by-election will produce results that will further strengthen the Opposition, particularly in seats which had formerly been BN’s,” he said in a statement.

Takiyuddin was referring to the three terms when Barisan Nasional held Sandakan, from 1973 to 2013, with interruptions in between.

“A victory by the Opposition in Sandakan will certainly make the check and balance process in the Parliament more effective, for the good of the country and the rakyat.

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