MCA candidates leaving it to voters


  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Going all out: Chew (left) and Chan say it may be tiring, but they are determined to continue pushing themselves in their campaign trail.

KOTA KINABALU: The MCA candidates for Karamunting and Elopura will take it all in their stride and prefer to let the voters decide this weekend.

Datuk Chew Kok Woh, who is contesting in Karamunting, said he had no regrets and could hold his head high.

“Let us get through the state polls first. This is our priority for now.

“I want to meet as many voters as possible before the campaigning period ends, ” he said.

Chew said some of his programmes were affected due to bad weather the past few days.

“So I need to catch up and visit more areas to let the voters know about MCA’s struggles and its vision to help the people.

“Our election machinery has done what it can and we’ll hope for the best on polling day, ” he said.

His comrade, Chan Boon Thian, who is vying for the Elopura seat, said he had done his best and was prepared for the outcome.

“This is the first time for MCA to contest in Elopura and Karamunting.

“It is a new experience for both myself and Chew in two weeks of campaigning.

“I am sure the voters will choose the person whom they think can help them to uplift their quality of life, ” he said.

Chan said although feeling tired and exhausted, he continued to push himself to the limit in order to reach out to as many voters as possible with just 24 hours left for campaigning.

“Some of our programmes were delayed over the past few days due to heavy rain but we will try to make up for the lost time, ” he said.

Chan also said that it was important for state and federal leaders to get along as development could only take place with cooperation from both parties.

“Most of the problems faced by bumiputras in my area involve housing issues and I will focus on this, ” he said, adding that if elected, he would do his best to ensure those promised low-cost homes and housing aid would get such assistance.

Separately, Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung said he had been campaigning non-stop for almost two weeks and would continue until the final whistle to wrest the Kapayan seat.

Lu said his comrades – Dr Chang Kee Ying (Likas), Chew and Chan –were equally tired but in high spirits.

“All four of us have been engaging the people from early morning till late night almost every day.

“We are not complaining and won’t stop going to the ground until the last minute, ” he said.

Lu urged the voters to give them a chance to prove themselves.

“We have fielded mainly new and young candidates, ” he said, citing Chan who has just turned 40 and Dr Chang who is 32.

Lu said all four of them were committed and experienced in business and local politics to identify and approach key issues.

“We have a people-centric manifesto that closely relates to the locals, ready to serve and represent the voters, ” he said, adding that feedback on the ground was very positive as all of them were locals in their respective areas.

“Trust us, we are your neighbours, ” he said.

Lu thanked the election machinery and all Barisan Nasional members for their hard work in assisting the candidates from day one in the quest for victory for Sabah MCA.

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