KOTA KINABALU: The women candidates vying for the Likas seat are keeping it cordial, says MCA candidate Dr Chang Kee Ying.
The 32-year-old dentist said veteran politician Melanie Chia, who is contesting as an independent in the urban seat, actually praised her for participating in the Sabah elections.
"Melanie is an experienced politician, she has been friendly. She was happy and hopeful because of young politicians like me willing to step up.
"So what I got from her was purely encouragement, it is a friendly competition," she told reporters after unveiling her election manifesto on Saturday (Sept 19).
Women's empowerment is among the four core pledges in her manifesto, where she hopes to address the needs of young women and girls.
"I want to be a voice against sexual abuse and mistreatments," said Dr Chang.
The manifesto also included community empowerment, especially in guiding youths and engaging them in urban governance and urban policy development.
"Lastly, we must ensure the protection of our environment for the future generation," she added.
Besides beautification and maintenance of parks and open spaces, better management of waste collection centres was among her agenda.
Apart from Chia, who was formerly SAPP deputy president, Dr Chang will also face incumbent Tan Lee Fatt (DAP - Warisan Plus), Jeff Lu Siau Wee (Parti Cinta Sabah), Daniel Isaac Hoong (Usno), Chong Chee Vui (PPRS) and Sim Fui (LDP) in the seven-cornered fight.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who was present at the event, said Dr Chang represents the younger generation of the party.
"She is a good face for Barisan Nasional as she has the courage to take up politics as a young professional.
"Many criticised her for being young, but any attacks on her will only make her stronger," said Chong.
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