KOTA KINABALU: Sabah MCA’s Chan Boon Thian says he will be focusing on three specific areas to make life better in Elopura, a state seat under the Sandakan parliamentary constitution.
In unveiling his manifesto, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the state seat said the three main areas he would be working on would be socio-economic development, tourism and healthcare.
He said the only hospital in Sandakan, the Duchess of Kent Hospital, a government hospital, as well as the Sandakan Health Clinic, were both located in Elopura.
Currently, patients from other nearby districts also sought treatment at the existing hospital and health clinic, he said adding that Sandakan had long waited for the establishment of a private hospital.
The government hospital was unable to cater to the growing needs of the local population, he said.
“I will focus on upgrading and repairing healthcare facilities here. Then, I will try my best to realise Barisan's vision, which is to have a private hospital in Sandakan, ” said Chan, the Sandakan Health Clinic Advisory Panel chairman.
On the economic front, he said he would like to promote seafood and agriculture processing industries to spur development and growth in the constituency.
“Sandakan is famous for its seafood, and I will promote it as a seafood destination to woo more tourists. At the same time, I urge the government to allocate funds for micro-loans to businesses here, ” he added.
Chan said the Bumiputra community in Elopura whom he had met had been positive on his candidacy.
“If (I am) given the mandate by the people, I will work hard to ensure the welfare of Elopura constituents, ” Chan said.
He said he hoped to set up a community service centre to attend to the people’s grouses and to coordinate with the relevant federal agencies in providing assistance to Elopura constituents.
Also present at Chan’s election manifesto launch were MCA vice-presidents Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, central committee member Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, other central committee members and Sandakan division committee members, as well as Sandakan Umno representatives led by division chairman Datuk Lipudin Puyon.
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