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Do more for Sabah's Chinese, MCA urged

Published on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) hopes MCA will work closely with the Chinese community and fight for their interest following its return to the Federal Cabinet last week.

SUCCC President Datuk Seri Gan Sau Wah said the chambers in Sabah were glad to see the return of MCA into the Federal Cabinet because the party represents the Chinese in the country.

"If we give up then it means we give up our responsibility towards the whole Chinese community in the country.

To me the numbers (of MCA leaders in the Cabinet) are not important. What is the use of having many minister posts but less performance and service to the Chinese community?

"I hope that MCA can from now on work even more closely with the Chinese community and be more tolerant as well as do more to fight for the interest of the community in the country," he said, at his office in Wisma Pendidikan, Monday.

The Cabinet reshuffle last week saw MCA President, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, his Deputy, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and vice president, Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun being appointed as Transport Minister, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Women and Family Development Deputy Minister II, respectively.

Asked if he expected to see Liow work towards the abolishment of the Cabotage Policy, Gan said it doesn't matter who is the Transport Minister.

He said SUCCC would also be submitting a letter to the Prime Minister to seek an appointment with the Prime Minister to discuss the issue.

During the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCCIM) 68th Annual General Meeting last weekend, Gan had urged the Government to consider abolishing the Cabotage Policy because it has been hurting the business community and the people in Sabah.

Meanwhile, on Gerakan, another Barisan Nasional (BN) Chinese-based party, Gan said the party had done well to win in the recent Teluk Intan by-election through its President Datuk Mah Siu Kiong.

He said the appointment of Mah as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department has given Gerakan hope even though the post was not that significant. He also hoped that Gerakan can work together with MCA.

At the same time, he said Mah's appointment was not surprising and that even Sabah Gerakan had its Deputy President Datuk Raymond Tan appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister.

"They also have one assemblyman in Sandakan. I believe Gerakan can move forward," he said.

Gan on behalf of SUCCC expressed gratitude to contributors for supporting the recently concluded 68th AGM of ACCCIM, SUCCC 60th Anniversary and the launching of Sabah Tiong Hua Building ceremony.

He said special mention goes to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, for announcing the State Government's grant of RM200,000 to the association, in support of its objective in taking care of the social welfare, culture and education of Chinese communities in the state.

He said that with the support provided by every sector of the business community and the state government the events were held successfully, and this has shown that Sabah too has the ability to organise nationwide programme.

"The feedback from delegates are very encouraging, they were so surprised when our Chief Minister made the announcement of the RM200,000 grant to SUCCC and said the Sabah BN government is truly for the people including the Chinese community," he said.

Gan said special thanks also goes to Tan Sri Andrew Liew of Andamy Group, Datuk Lee Ming Foo of Hap Seng Group, Datuk Hong Ngit Ming of Teck Guan Group, Francis Goh of Kinsabina Group, Datuk Edward Lim Yu Ming of Borneo Enterprise Group for supporting SUCCC in a big way.

According to him, delegates from peninsula were amazed that the Chinese community in Sabah can mix well with other races, having food and drinks together in coffee shops and restaurant.

Such scene was unlikely in peninsula, and he told them this was the uniqueness of Sabah's culture and a model to the nation's unity.

Having served SUCCC for 42 years, Gan who is also the Chairman of Semporna Chinese Chambers of Commerce, was awarded the Longest Serving Award at the anniversary dinner. The award was presented by Musa.

Also receiving the long service award were Chairman of Beaufort Chinese Chambers of Commerce, Datuk Seri Chong Nyuk Yong had served SUCCC 38 years, he together with Datuk Henry Kong Kwok Yeng whom had served as the SUCCC Chairman of Education Loan for 25 years, former Labuan CCC Chairman, Tan Sri Wong Zi Lian (seving 23years), Tuaran CCC Chairman, Tan Kim Beng JP (serving 21 years), Kota Marudu CCC Chairman, Lu Kim Yen (serving 16 years), former Penampang CCC Chairman Datuk Kenneth Negil Yen Yin Pin (serving 18 years) and former Lahad Datu CCC Datuk Sia Chi Ming (serving 17 years) each received a ribbon and a gold medal.