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Bung should have consulted first: Sabah MCA
Published on: Friday, December 01, 2023
By: Suria Abdullah
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Bung should have consulted first: Sabah MCA
Teah and Bung
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah MCA wants a stronger presence in the state political scenario and will work towards making friends instead of enemies, said newly appointed chief Datuk Teah Heok Kiun.

He said they do not want to continue being in the side, cheerleading and providing support whenever elections draw near.

“We want to be heard. We want to be in the government making policies and decisions for the people,” he said during a get together with the media, Saturday.

Teah said being a party that advocates for the rights of multi-racial Sabah, MCA has bigger roles to play other than supporting their Barisan Nasional component parties.

He said in politics, it was important that members of the same coalition stay united and discuss issues together before making any decision that affects one another.

“For example, recently Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin mentioned being open to working with Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Malaysia (Parti KDM) and Parti Warisan,” he said.

“In principle, we are not against this move but we hope Barisan members can have meetings together first before anyone makes a statement that involves the whole party,” said Teah.

Asked if Sabah MCA would follow whatever the Sabah Barisan chief decides, Teah said it is not necessarily.

However, he said that it was the duty of every component party to support policies and decisions that strengthened Barisan, and brought benefit for all members as well as their grassroot supporters.

He said Sabah MCA can be friends with everyone as long as their intention is right and the objectives align.

“We in Sabah MCA are working hard to get back the confidence and support from the people. We will be having many programmes and initiatives to make this work,” Teah added.

He said they were also focusing on getting more youths to be part of the party and their initiatives.

Meanwhile, Sabah MCA Youth chief Roger Yapp said some of the initiatives in line include a national MCA sports event, which is set to start from divisions and district levels, going up to the state and then national level.

He said it was vital that MCA youth get back to basics, get to know the grassroots better, be closer to the locals and just be more present if it wants to get back its momentum in politics.

“Maybe in the past, we had less interaction with people on the ground and that is why we are losing touch with them but now, we are making it our aim to really get to work and be with the people,” he said.

Yapp said Sabah MCA Youth want to engage with youth of all ages, starting from secondary students, up to college students and graduates.

He said they want to attract more young members to join MCA, and help in nation building.

He said the youths want a chance to have their thoughts and vision heard, as well as be part of a decision making community that can help develop the state further and bring the interests of youths to a higher authority to act on.

For now, there are nine active Youth divisions in the State. They are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Sepanggar, Tenom, Kudat, Beluran, Libaran, Kinabatangan and Tawau.

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