THE newly elected Sandakan MP Vivian Wong Shir Yee has spent her first morning as a people’s representative by visiting the grave of her late father Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt at the Sandakan Christian Cemetery.
Vivian, 30, was accompanied by her mother Datin Florence Chong Mee Fook and other family members, as well as Sandakan DAP members.
Looking sad, Vivian and her entourage lowered their heads at her late father’s grave as a sign of respect for his services to the people when he was Sandakan MP for two terms.
She also had difficulty holding back her tears as she placed flowers on her father’s grave.
Her sadness was understandable as the youngest of four siblings, Vivian dedicated her election victory in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election on Saturday to her late father for his guidance in the political arena.
Sandakan parliamentary seat was left vacant following the death of Stephen from a heart attack on March 28 in Kota Kinabalu.
Vivian was declared a new Sandakan MP with a bigger majority of 11,521 votes. Her father had won the seat with a 10,098-vote majority in the 14th General Election.
She defeated her nearest rival Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin from Parti Bersatu Sabah and three independent candidates — Hamzah Abdullah, Chia Siew Yung and Sulaiman Abdul Samat.
Meanwhile, Pakatan Harapan deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the coalition’s win in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election quashed claims by certain quarters that the alliance was losing its support.
“It really debunked the conjectures about people’s waning support for Pakatan Harapan,” she told reporters after the International Nurses Day celebration at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang in Selangor yesterday.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also deputy prime minister (PM), also acknowledged Parti Warisan Sabah’s significant role in the victory.
“Pakatan also won because of the good support and cooperation given by Warisan,” she said.
Earlier, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has expressed confidence that Vivian will continue the work of her late father in serving the people of Sandakan.
Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP, in congratulating Vivian on winning the Sandakan by-election, said the victory clearly showed the people had faith in the Pakatan Harapan government.
However, he added that the Pakatan leadership should not be complacent after Vivian’s victory, and that they should continue working hard to ensure that the economic status of the people are being looked after at every level.
“At the same time, Pakatan leaders are also advised to make all effort to help PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad realise the seven thrusts in achieving the objective of ‘Shared Prosperity’ as announced during the PM’s New Malaysia One Year Message,” he said in a statement. — Bernama