Joining the team: Hiew (right) handing over his application to join MCA to Yong as Liow (second from right) looks on. Also present are Shim (second from left) and Chew (left).
KOTA KINABALU: Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu is now officially an MCA member and he can focus on serving his constituents better.
In thanking MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and the party leadership for accepting him into the party, the former Sabah DAP chief, who quit DAP last September, said his role now was also to create more awareness about the good things that the ruling government had been doing for the people.
“Whatever good the Government has done is usually overlooked but any problems or issues are blown out of proportion,” he said during his welcoming ceremony graced by Liow yesterday.
Among those present were Sabah MCA chief Wilfred Yong, state MCA Wanita chief and Kota Kinabalu division chairman Datuk Agnes Shim and party secretary Datuk Chew Kok Woh.
Liow described Hiew as a dedicated leader who needed a good platform to serve the people better.
“I have consulted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and they have given their blessings,” he added.
He said with Hiew joining MCA, it would enable Barisan to engage more with the people and this would contribute positively to the country’s development.
Liow said Malaysia could not continue on a destructive path and be divided along racial lines.
“We need to focus on developing this country to achieve our aspirations of becoming a developed nation by 2020,” he said.
Yong said MCA had not had a voice in the State Assembly after former state MCA chief Datuk Edward Khoo failed in his bid to defend the Kapayan seat in the last general election in May last year.
Barisan fielded Shim for the Luyang state seat which was eventually won by Hiew on a DAP ticket.