KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has accused DAP of seeking to “kill” the only local Chinese party, calling on voters to defend it to maintain Chinese representation in the government.
LDP vice-president Chin Shu Ying, BN’s candidate for the Likas state seat, urged voters not to be swayed by opposition tactics, particularly DAP’s bid to wipe out LDP.
He claimed DAP had been longing to replace Chinese political parties in BN, given that its parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang had once said he did not rule out the possibility of forming a coalition government with BN.
“People of Sabah, especially the Chinese, should realise DAP’s real agenda to kill off all Chinese-based parties without considering the consequences of not having any Chinese representation in the government,” he said.
“Your support will allow LDP to be the loudspeaker in fighting for the interests of the Chinese community and our rights.”
Chin said LDP’s leaders, being born and raised in Sabah, were attuned to the needs of the local Chinese community in all aspects, whether politics, education or commerce.
“We will never stop safeguarding Chinese rights and interests as long as LDP is part of the Sabah government.
“In order to do that, we need to have elected representatives in the state assembly and Parliament so that LDP can do more for the Chinese community in Sabah.”
He added that the number of Chinese elected representatives had been decreasing since the last two general elections.
Therefore, he said it was vital for Sabahans, particularly the Chinese voters, to give their full support to LDP candidates in the one parliamentary and four state seats they were contesting.
“This will allow LDP to have more representation in the state and federal Cabinets to look after the interests of the Chinese community,” he said.
He also said party president Teo Chee Kang, who is the Sabah special task minister, had shown the significant role LDP played in Sabah BN.
Chin will have a second crack at Likas, a state seat within the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary constituency which he lost to Junz Wong, who contested on a DAP ticket in the last election. Wong later joined Parti Warisan Sabah.
This time around, Chin is involved in a three-way tussle against newcomer Tan Lee Fatt of DAP and Sabah Progressive Party secretary-general Richard Yong We Kong.
Despite his defeat, Chin said he had never stopped working for the people in Likas.
He had, among others, voiced the needs of the local community to the state government to ensure development continued in the area, he added.
LDP will also contest the state seats of Tanjong Kapor, Merotai and Karamunting through its candidates Teo, Lim Ting Khai and Lim Kai Ming respectively, and the Sandakan federal seat through Lim Ming Ho.
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