PETALING JAYA: The MCA election machinery has gone full swing behind the four candidates contesting in the Sept 26 Sabah election with its president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong campaigning personally with them.
Dr Wee, who extended his stay in Sabah for another day, wasted no time to personally visit each election operations room and address the machinery since Saturday (Sept 12).
In a Facebook post on Sunday (Sept 13), he said he took the opportunity and introduced Barisan Nasional candidate for the Likas seat, Dr Chang Kee Ying, while attending the "Remembering the Golden Years" celebration with the Sabah Association of Senior Citizens in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. More than 100 members attended the event.
He described Chang as “an exemplary party member and a high achiever who is down-to-earth and sincere".
“The MCA central leadership will wholeheartedly give her our full support to march on and we hope everyone will vote for her,” he said.
Also present at the event were party vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, who is also the Deputy National Unity Minister, party secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, the association president Datuk William Chai and Sabah Wanita MCA chief Dr Pamela Yong.
In several visits on Sunday, Dr Wee also threw support behind two other MCA candidates - Datuk Chew Kok Woh and Chan Boon Thian - who are contesting the Karamunting and Elopura seats.
He said that Chew, who is a political analyst, is also an activist in several non-governmental organisations and youth bodies, giving him the edge on serving the constituents properly.
As for Chan, who has served the local community for a long time as the Sandakan Health Clinic Panel advisor, Dr Wee said his vast experience in the public sector will be an advantage for him to be the voice of the people and bringing positive change.
Sabah MCA is contesting in four seats in the Sabah state election.
Its Kapayan division chief Lu Yen Tung, whom Dr Wee met at the former’s election operations room on Saturday, would be contesting in Kapayan.
Dr Wee also commended the excellent interracial harmony among the different races in Sabah, saying it is the model of a peaceful society.
“Malaysia is a multiracial country. Without Sabah and Sarawak, we will not have the Malaysia that we are proud of,” he said.
He said that Pakatan Harapan, which formed the Federal Government for 22 months, had “greatly disappointed the Sabahans” when it could not fulfil its promises.
“The state government led by Warisan was equally lacklustre with its performance.
“Now is the best opportunity for the state to make a positive change by voting Barisan Nasional to be the new state government, which will cooperate closely with the Perikatan Nasional-led Federal Government, in the best interests of all Sabahans.
“I urge everyone to vote on Sept 26 and bring change to Sabah. I hope the people in Sabah will make a wise decision this time and choose only committed leaders as their representatives,” he added.
He also thanked Kelantan Barisan secretary Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad for campaigning together in Sabah.
“Barisan’s machinery in Sandakan will be assisted by Kelantan Barisan to ensure success,” he added.
Separately, Dr Wee also announced that works to extend the Sandakan Airport’s runway have been on track following some setbacks due to the movement control order (MCO) during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the full completion is expected in August next year.
“I got a progress update today (Sept 13) on Sandakan Airport's expansion status from Mr Ting Jong Cherng, the contractor representing Musyati Sdn Bhd.
“In any case, it's good to note that the project to better serve Sabah's east coast has been restarted since Aug 25 and slated for full completion in another year's time,” he said.
The airport's current 2.135km runway will be extended to 2.5km to allow Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft to land with full loads and without restrictions.
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