Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today announced its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee as the candidate for the parliament seat of P.185 Batu Sapi. The announcement made in conjunction with the opening of the new SAPP Sandakan office saw the presence of former PKR division leader Datuk Nahalan Damsal who supported the SAPP to contest the seat.
The SAPP campaign is expected to be spearhead by former State Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor will see a keenly contest tussle for the seat by BN, PKR and SAPP. Both BN and PKR are expected to announce their candidate tomorrow but with more than 20 forms being sold by the Election Commission Malaysia, it is expected there will some aspiring independents offering themselves as alternative.
The contest will served a platform for every parties to test their strength given the current political climate of Sabah being a fixed asset for BN. As claim by Yong, there are a possibilities of three scenarios. One, BN victory with votes more then the combined of opposition parties; two, BN victory with less than the combined votes for the opposition and three either opposition party wins. In the first scenario, everyone would have to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize again. Two the opposition would have to sit down to discuss on proper seats sharing and three BN is finished.
With SAPP announcement all eyes would now be on who are the PKR and BN candidates ? It is getting interesting here.
Another insider news just received from Sabah has this ;-BN will have a very testing and tough fight against Yong Teck Lee. The ground is in favour of the former CM but many “goodies” will be thrown in which will benefit the people of P185.