KOTA KINABALU: Some are young and some are senior politicians, but they have one thing in common – to vie for the Likas seat in a clean, fair and friendly match.
The seven candidates for Likas immediately set up a WhatsApp chat group with the aim of discussing on common issues.
MCA's Dr Chang Kee Ying, who is the youngest candidate for Likas, said it was good to meet and speak with the other candidates.
"I am glad we are on the same page to serve the people and to keep things clean. I am here to learn and accept suggestions on how to better serve the people of Likas," she said.
"We all want the same thing, which is to help Likas folks. We do not want personal attacks on one another – so cybertroopers, please stay out of Likas," said independent candidate Datuk Melanie Chia.
The Likas state seat will see a seven-cornered fight between incumbent Tan Lee Fatt of DAP-Warisan Plus, Dr Chang (BN-MCA), Lu Siau Wee @ Jeff (PCS), Daniel Isaac Hoong (Usno), Chong Chee Vui (PPRS), Sim Fui (LDP) and Chia.
Chia said she was happy to see young faces in the fray as it shows hope for Sabah.
Incumbent Tan agreed that there should not be personal attacks and all candidates as well as supporters must respect one another.
"This line-up and what we are doing shows how special Sabah is – may the best person win," he said.
Lu said after candidates handed in their nominations forms, they sat together and talked about how to keep the elections friendly.
"We want to show Sabah and Malaysia that this is how elections are supposed to be," he said.
Sim reminded supporters and voters to adhere to SOPs and personal hygiene practises throughout the campaign period.
Chong said they only want to serve the people of Likas and therefore there was no need to bring each other down.
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