Chong Kah Kiat returns to clean up Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat (pic) says he is returning to active politics to set things right, including cleaning up Sabah from the decades-old illegal immigrant issue.

The 72-year-old former chief minister said his main concern was the increasing presence of illegal immigrants in the state.

“The respected ethnicities such as the Kadazandusun and Murut who were once the majority residents of Sabah have now become the minorities.

“More recently, our friends from the local Muslim community will also soon be the minority race. This is the reason why Chong Kah Kiat decided to return, ” he said at a gathering with the media yesterday.

Chong was chief minister between 2001 and 2003 representing the Chinese community in a unique rotation system mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He was the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president which he founded in 1989.

When Umno’s Tan Sri Musa Aman took over the helm of the state government in 2003, Chong was appointed Deputy Chief Minister as well as the person in charge of the tourism, culture and environment portfolio.

It was at this point the rotation system was scrapped and from then onwards, the post was held by Umno.

In April 2007, Chong resigned from the Deputy Chief Minister’s post citing matters of principle and has kept a low profile until recently.

Chong is expected to contest the Inanam seat while party president Datuk Chin Su Pin will contest the Api-Api seat.

Chong added that besides “cleaning up” illegal immigrants, an LDP-led state government would revamp state government-linked companies and scrap the Papar dam project.

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