LDP will re­turn to power in next elec­tion – Chin

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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.

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