LDP will return to power in next election – Chin
KOTA KINABALU: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Chin Su Phin is confident that the party will be back in power three years later so long that its members remain united and continue to fight for the interests of the people.
“We admit that the electorate have voted against us in the 14th General Election (GE14).
“But we must have the courage to rise and play our role as an opposition party.”
He was also pleased to see that the party election last year has realized LDP's goal to rejuvenate the party with young blood.
Chin said the party election results have reflected 70 to 80 per cent of its members' wish to have young leaders helming important positions.
“This has surpassed my initial expectation that only 30 to 40 per cent of our members would support young leadership.
“Nevertheless, I do believe that many of our young members possess huge potential.”
In Democratic Action Party's (DAP) early years, Chin pointed out that the party's young members only knew how to criticize the government.
“Today, DAP has nurtured many capable ministers because they remained steadfast to their political struggle for the past 20 years.
“I believe we need less than two decades, considering LDP had been an opposition party before, to win the election once again.”
Chin said it was important for the party to gain the people's trust and support by playing its role as a good opposition party in the next three to four years.
“Come the next general election, I believe LDP can return to power either by teaming up with other political parties, or contest 10 to 20 seats on our own and subsequently form a coalition government with other parties.”
Chin said that during a dialogue session organized by LDP Youth here yesterday, which also saw the admission of close to 100 new members into the party.
He further said that the GE14 outcome clearly showed that that the people wanted a State Government led by local parties.
“Indeed, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) managed to form the State Government only because Upko decided to join its fold, but suffice to say, the people want local parties to lead the State Government like Sarawak.”
He said Umno had dominated the State Government for the past few decades.
“Previous chief ministers of Sabah had to obtain approval from the Federal Government for every big and small decision, unlike Sarawak that has the autonomy to make requests and changes.”
Although Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has entered Sarawak, Chin said the next Sarawak state election would reflect the sentiment of the people.
“If Sarawakians continue to support local parties, it will be indication that the next general election in Sabah will also be inclined towards local political parties.”
On another note, Chin said it was premature to evaluate the track record of Warisan government.
He revealed that he had been approached by Warisan leaders to join the party, but there was no need to do so for the time being.
“LDP can work with the new government and support their policies that serve the interests of the people.
“At the same time, we shall give constructive criticism on flaws or policies that are unacceptable to the rakyat.”
Chin said LDP would continue to strengthen itself, to serve the people and play its role as check and balance against the government.
Meanwhile, Central Youth leader Sim Fui encouraged youths to venture into different fields and careers, as well as broaden their network through various gatherings organized by LDP for young entrepreneurs to interact, particularly during this economic slowdown.
He pointed out that a household with monthly income of RM4,000 would not be able to cope with the expenses amid the inflation.
Hence, he encouraged wage earners to venture into different fields or careers, and seize every opportunity to learn from their peers and broaden their network through activities held by the party.
“We ought to think out of the box because business models or the way of earning salary have changed in this digital era.
“It is important for Sabahan Chinese to create an effective networking platform to support each other.”
Sim said the event yesterday was the first gathering session organized by the Central Youth Movement.
“We will organize more of such activities for youths in the future.
“LDP is more than just politics, our party also includes creating platforms for the Chinese community.”
He is confident that LDP under the leadership of Chin, would achieve greater heights and absorb more talented youths into the leadership.
He also emphasized the need for Chinese to be united, given the Chinese only constituted 9.11 per cent of the total Malaysian population in 2010.
“As the only local Chinese political party in Sabah, LDP hopes to gain the support from the Chinese community.”
Also present were LDP vice president Yew Chau Khiong, secretary general Senator Datuk Yong Wui Chung and organizing secretary Chiang Bhat Sing.
From fifth left, Sim, Chiang,Yew, Chin,Yong and participants of the LDP Youth gathering session.