Mah: Strong federal-state ties vital for development


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

Shopping around: (From left) Dr Mah and Chan visiting constituents during a meet and greet in Elopura in Sandakan. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

SANDAKAN: Strong ties between the federal and state governments will ensure sustained development for the people of Sabah, says deputy MCA president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

He said the benefits of a tight bond between Putrajaya and Kota Kinabalu would trickle down to other places in Sabah, such as Elopura in Sandakan.

An elected representative from Barisan Nasional, he added, would ensure these strong links were forged.

“The people in Elopura have their needs and we are listening.

“If Elopura is represented by a Barisan assemblyman, there will be a good relationship between state and federal governments and the welfare of the people here will be well looked after, ” he said.

Dr Mah said voters in Sandakan were unhappy with the current state government led by Parti Warisan Sabah as the people did not see any promises fulfilled.

“From the way they responded, I think they are unhappy for several reasons because the state government failed to deliver on promises.

“The people here are also beginning to see the importance of federal and state governments working closely together to ensure proper management of resources for their benefit, ” he said while campaigning in Bandar Kim Fung here yesterday.

MCA candidate Chan Boon Thian is standing in Elopura for the Sabah election.

Dr Mah, who is also Deputy Education Minister, said the local folk had responded well to the campaign so far, signalling a chance for Barisan.

Chan, 40, said closer ties with the Federal Government would be beneficial to the people in Elopura as a mismatch between state and federal governments could create problems in administration and the allocation of development funds.

“The biggest problem the people face here is the decline of the economy. We hope that the Sabah government will be in line with the Federal Government to ensure we have better days for the people in Elopura, ” he said.

Chan, who is Sandakan Health Clinic Advisory Panel chairman, is also deputy secretary for Sandakan MCA and a Sabah MCA committee member.

Chan is facing five other opponents in the battle for the Elopura state seat, including its incumbent Chong Ket Kiun from DAP.

Other candidates are Voo Min Gin (Parti Cinta Sabah), Chong Thien Ming (LDP), Siti Khairiah Sheikh Mohammad (Usno) and Mohamad Saini Ahmad Tang (Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah).

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