Sunday, October 24, 2010
Datin Linda Tsen (above) being greeted by a Barisan Nasional, BN supporter at the Sanbay Hotel, Sandakan, Sunday 24th October 2010, moments before she was formally announced as the BN candidate for the P 185 Batu Sapi by election.
Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin, 54 was born on 29th July 1956.
She is the Parti Bersatu Sabah, PBS Elopura Wanita Deputy Chief and PBS Wanita Vice Chief.
Datin Linda attended primary school at the Chi Hwa primary school, Sandakan and later at the Tiong Hwa Secondary School, Sandakan.
She furthered her studies at St. Brandon School, Clevedon, United Kingdom and at the Trinity College of Music in London.
She is a fellow of London College of music as well as Past President of Kota Kinabalu Music Society and past examination representative of Trinity College of Music, London.
She is the mother of 4 children - three daughters, aged between 18 and 23 and a son, 13.
Datin Linda Tsen said she felt honoured for being chosen as the BN candidate.
“It is an opportunity for me to carry on with the legacy of good work of my late husband Datuk Edmund Chong,” she said.
Result of the 2008 general election for P185 Batu Sapi. The late Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah won by 3,708 majority.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Sabah BN component leaders had agreed to Tsen’s candidacy.
“Batu Sapi is not foreign to her and so is politics because she is a Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Wanita vice-chief. This will be her service to the people, an opportunity to carry on the struggle of her late husband, and her own,” he told a news conference at the Sanbay Hotel, Sandakan on Sunday, 24th October 2010, moments after announcing the BN selection of Datin Linda Tsen as Batu Sapi candidate.
He said it had been proven that there were many capable women who should be given the opportunity show their leadership qualities.
“They work equally as hard, just like their male counterparts. That is why we unanimously agree to field Datin Linda because she wants to continue serving the people who had given their full support to her late husband. She has promised to give the best to the people of Batu Sapi,” Musa said.
To a question whether sympathy played a part in the decision to field Tsen, Musa said it was up to the people to judge, saying what was important was that she had been serving the people as a politician.
On the BN’s preparations for the by-election, Musa said the state BN had met and worked out the assignment of duties among them.
The Chief Minister said Linda was ready to continue the work and struggle of her late husband and that she has assured to work diligently to provide the best services to the Batu Sapi constituents.
“The Batu Sapi constituency is not foreign to Linda and so is politics as she is PBS wanita vice chief and Elopura divisional deputy wanita chief.
“This will be her service to the people, an opportunity to carry on with the work of her late husband, and her own,” Musa said.
He added that in Malaysia, there were many qualified and capable women who should be given the opportunity to show their leadership qualities.
“They work equally as hard just like their male counterparts and deserved to be given the opportunity. And that is why we unanimously agree to field Datin Linda because she wants to continue serving the people who had given their full support to her late husband,” Musa said.
Musa also said the state BN would work very hard to ensure victory for Linda on November 4, 2010.
“With the support and cooperation of all BN component parties in Sandakan which would be working night and day, we will be victorious,” he said.
On BN’s preparations, Musa said the state BN had met and worked out the division of duties among them.
“I have assigned responsibilities to all division chiefs and elected representatives,” he added.
The Batu Sapi by-election was called following Edmund’s death in a road crash on October 9, 2010.
The by-election is a three-cornered fight between Linda, SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and Sabah PKR leader Ansari Abdullah.
The late Edmund first became Batu Sapi MP in the 2004 general election.
In 2008, he retained the seat after defeating independent candidate Chung Kwong Wing.
Edmund obtained 9,479 votes while Chung had 5,771 for a majority of 3,708 votes.
Datin Linda as expected won the Batu Sapi Parliamentary by-election polling on November 4th, 2010.
She received 9,773 votes, beating SAPP's President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee who only managed 2,031 votes and PKR's Ansaari Abdullah who pooled 3,414 votes.
Her majority votes of 6,359 votes are much bigger that her late husband's majority in the 2008 election.
Source - Bernama & The New Sabah Times