SANDAKAN: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident that Pakatan Harapan’s losing streak in by-elections will stop in the Sandakan by-election this Saturday (May 11).
The Parti Warisan Sabah president said Sandakan could create a different story from the other by-elections, as the constituents are wise and could not be easily manipulated.
Shafie said this when asked about its chances after a walkabout with DAP candidate Vivian Wong at the market downtown on Wednesday (May 8).
He added that despite the good feedback among the people towards Vivian, the election machinery would not be complacent and will campaign aggressively.
He said that since the Warisan-led state government took over in less than a year, they have banned the export of logs and are in the midst of reviving the barter trade in the coastal here, which the previous Barisan Nasional government had stopped.
“We want to develop a furniture industry in Sandakan and build furniture factories here, that was what the late Stephen had been voicing out. We can get wood supplies from Ranau or Lahad Datu.
Shafie lamented how Sandakan was a vibrant town back in the 60s with many activities, but as time passed, things slowed down, particularly during the Barisan era.