MCA out to recapture Kepayan


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

On the ground: Lu meeting with a voter during a walkabout in Penampang. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung is not taking the seven-cornered fight for the Kepayan seat lightly.

As campaigning entered the fourth day, Lu said he would try his best to approach as many voters as possible.

“We will try our best. This is our traditional seat,” he said when met during his walkabout in Penampang.

MCA won the Kepayan seat in 2008, its first in the state since spreading wings to Sabah in 1991.

Edward Khoo held the seat for one term before losing it to DAP’s Edward Bosi in 2013.

Bosi is now contesting for the same seat under the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) banner.

Lu appeared unfazed by the PBS factor but cautioned the party not to take any opponent lightly.

“We will fight for it,” he said.

Flood is perhaps one of the most pressing issues in the Kepayan constituency over the last decade, where thousands are affected whenever it rains heavily.

For Lu, the perennial flood is an important issue he aims to resolve if he is elected as the Kepayan assemblyman.

He said when the seat was under MCA, Khoo had mooted a flood mitigation plan which was prioritised by the then Barisan Nasional-led Federal Government.

“Unfortunately, he lost in 2013. The project was halted and there are no follow-ups.

“If I’m elected, I will follow up on this matter,” he said.

Lu also said that voters in Kepayan should realise that if the state government was aligned with the Federal Government led by Perikatan Nasional, development plans and their implementation would be smoother.

At the same time, he stressed that the economy must be strengthened in Kepayan so the local folk would not be adversely affected.

“If businesses are not strong, then jobs will be fewer.

“Just like presently the economy is in shambles due to the pandemic and also because the state and Federal Government is not the same,” he said.

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