KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Christina Liew is confident that she will be able to balance her duties in the Tawau and Api-Api parliamentary and state seats although they are on opposite ends of the coast.
Her decision to contest in the east coast seat of Tawau while defending her Api-Api seat in the west coast had raised eyebrows.
However, the Sabah PKR chairman maintains that her obligations as an assemblyman will not pull her focus away from her hometown of Tawau if she retains Api-Api.
She said it was high time that Tawau voters had a change in leadership, to capitalise on available resources through better management. This would result in Tawau having a better economic status, she added.
“I came back (to Tawau) because PH gave me the opportunity to return home and serve my district. I took up the challenge with zeal, knowing that much needs to be done to steer this sleepy town into a vibrant one,” Liew said.
She also dismissed allegations that her homecoming was merely for personal and political gain.
“We can achieve this if we change the governing body and we all work together to capitalise on what we currently have, especially in the booming tourism sector,” she said.
Liew said much could be done for this sector in Tawau, adding that nothing crucial was ever initiated despite the huge potential in the district.
She said a resourceful leader would look beyond the boundaries of Tawau for opportunities, not only to ensure the survival of the tourism sector but for it to thrive.
“We look at the POIC (Palm Oil Industrial Cluster) in neighbouring Lahad Datu, which has a deep berth for sea vessels, and we could use this facility which benefits both districts,” she said.
She also claimed that the youth in Tawau were forced to seek employment elsewhere because they could not find proper jobs in their hometown. She said the tourism sector could be used as an avenue to solve this problem.
Meanwhile, Sabah DAP Youth chief Vincent Fung Sze Zack said the party was working closely with Liew in her campaign to ensure a win for PH in Tawau.
“We are united to ensure such change will take place and the support from the people will make this a reality,” he added.
Liew faces a four-way tussle in Tawau against BN incumbent Mary Yap, PAS’ Mohamad Husain and Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah’s Alizaman Jijurahman.
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