KOTA KINABALU: Women candidates contesting the Likas state seat are keeping the race cordial, says MCA’s Dr Chang Kee Ying.
She said the healthy contest was a reflection of women empowerment, especially in politics.
The 32-year-old dentist noted that veteran politician Melanie Chia, who is contesting as an Independent in the urban seat, actually praised her for stepping up to participate in the state election.
“Melanie is an experienced politician, she has been friendly. She’s happy and hopeful because of young politicians like me are 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 yesterday.
Dr Chang listed addressing the needs of young women and girls as among her core pledges in her manifesto.
“I want to be a voice against sexual abuse, mistreatment... I hope I have a chance to be the voice for women, ” said Dr Chang.
She also pledged to encourage community participation on how to improve and make Likas a more liveable place.
The manifesto also includes encouraging youth to be involved in urban governance and policy development besides developing better understanding of politics.
“Lastly, we must ensure protection of our environment for the future generation, ” she said.
Besides beautification and maintenance of parks and open spaces, she said it should also include creating better management of waste collection centres.
Besides 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 a seven-cornered fight.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who was also present at the event, said Dr Chang represented the party’s new generation.
He said Dr Chang’s participation in the polls was also good for Sabah.
“She is a good representative 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.
“The more challenges she is facing, the more she is determined as she believes in her path, ” said Chong.
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