Wee glad Sabah MCA led by locals


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  • Monday, 14 Sep 2020

Ready to battle it out: Dr Wee (second from right) rooting for Chew (second from left) in Kota Kinabalu. Looking on are Chew’s wife Datin Adelah Badammalai and Md Alwi.

KOTA KINABALU: MCA has fared well in localising the party since its founding in Sabah in 1991 as all its leaders are locals, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“I’m delighted to say that Sabah MCA is solely led by Sabahans.

“They continue to actively nurture local talents to be the guardian angels of the Chinese community, which makes up 11% of the total registered voters in Sabah.

“At the same time, they also provide holistic services to all the ethnic groups of the Land Below The Wind,” he said after celebrating Malaysia Day during the Remembering the Golden Years event with over 100 members of the Sabah Association of Senior Citizens in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Dr Wee also commended the excellent interracial harmony among the different races in Sabah, calling it a 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 also took the opportunity to introduce the Barisan Nasional candidate for Likas, Dr Chang Kee Ying, describing him as “an exemplary 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 were party vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, party secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, association president Datuk William Chai and Sabah Wanita MCA chief Dr Pamela Yong.

Dr Wee said 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 to make a positive change by voting Barisan 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 changes to Sabah,” he said.

Dr Wee, who extended his stay in Sabah yesterday, also threw his support behind two other MCA candidates – Datuk Chew Kok Woh and Chan Boon Thian for the Karamunting and Elopura seats.

Chew, he said, was a political analyst as well as an activist in several non-governmental groups and youth bodies, giving him the edge in serving the constituents.

As for Chan, he had served the local community for a long time as the Sandakan health clinic panel adviser, said Dr Wee, adding that his vast experience in the public sector would be an advantage.

Sabah MCA is contesting in four seats in the Sabah state election. Its Kapayan division chief Lu Yen Tung is standing in Kapayan.

“I hope the people in Sabah will make a wise decision this time and choose only committed leaders as their representatives,” he said, thanking Kelantan Barisan secretary Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad for campaigning together in Sabah.

Dr Wee also announced that works to extend the Sandakan Airport’s runway was on track despite setbacks due to the movement control order during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said it was expected to be completed in August next year.

“I got a progress update today on Sandakan Airport’s expansion status from Ting Jong Cherng, the contractor representing Musyati Sdn Bhd.

“It’s good to note that the project to better serve Sabah’s East Coast has restarted since Aug 25 and is 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 load and without restrictions.
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