KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat, 72, is being portrayed by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as a legend and saviour of Sabah as he makes his political comeback.
In short video clips being shared on social media, Chong is painted as the best person to solve Sabah's decades-old immigrant problem.
At least two such video clips are circulating as he makes a comeback through the party he founded in 1989 after 13 years in retirement.
Chong is expected to contest the Inanam state seat, while party president Datuk Chin Su Pin will contest the Api-Api state seat for LDP, which is eyeing more than 40 of the 73 seats in the Sabah State assembly.
Chong was Sabah chief minister from 2001 to 2003, and resigned from his state cabinet position in 2007 following a fallout with former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.
He did not contest the 2008 elections and had stayed out of politics until now.
In a gathering with the media earlier on Thursday (Sept 3), Chong said his return to active politics was to set things right and that his main concern was the increasing presence of illegal immigrants in the state.
“I came back to politics because I feel very sad and hurt in my heart. There is an increasing danger caused by the presence of foreigners such as illegal immigrants in Sabah.
“The Kadazandusun and Murut, our ‘KDM’, which were once the majority in Sabah, have now become the minorities.
“More recently, our friends from the local Muslim community, will also soon become the minority race. This is the reason Chong Kah Kiat decided to return to Sabah,” he said during his speech.
Aside from “cleaning up” illegal immigrants from Sabah, Chong said if LDP were to win, it would revamp the state Cabinet and GLCs, and scrap the Papar dam project.
Chong also pledged to revive the state’s tourism industry.
“Today, I cry for Sabah, and I share the pain of all our tourism industry players. Sabah today has become a ‘budget destination’ totally dominated by budget airlines flying into Kota Kinabalu around and past midnights only,” he said.
Sabah will hold its 16th state polls on Sept 26.