Monday, 29 November 2010

No rift in Sabah DAP', says ex- chairman Hiew

By David Thien

KOTA KINABALU: Outgoing Sabah DAP chief Hiew King Chiew today denied speculations of a rift in the party following his shocking defeat in the state level polls yesterday.

He said the contest for the post of state chairman was a "friendly tussle" between him and his former number two Jimmy Wong, who is also Sri Tanjung assemblyman.

"It is timely that new blood be accorded the opportunity to serve the party and people. I am happy to have served Sabah DAP for a decade.

"But more important now is the next general election. It will be a difficult one," he said.

Hiew said now that he had been relieved of helming the Sabah DAP administration, he will be able to devote more time to setting up the party’s machinery throughout Sabah.

'I will have more time to liaise better with the central DAP leadership as both MP and DAP central executive committee member and also with its Pakatan Rakyat component parties in view of the general elections," he said.

Meanwhile Wong in his first official act appointed Hiew as state advisor.

Media must educate

He said in line with the party's aim to serve the people better, Sabah DAP will set up its headquarters in Bundusan on the 1st floor of a commercial shoplot next month.

"This was the first agenda of the new DAP state committee. We want to make ourselves accessible. The strategic location of Bundusan is conveniently accessible to all.

"Our main focus now is to register new voters for the general election. Sabah DAP hopes to target some 5,000 new registrations each month over a three-month period to meet a target of at least 40,000 new voters for the next general election," he said.

The Election Commission has reportedly said that some 260,000 people are eligible to be registered as new voters.

In his maiden press conference as state chairman today, Wong outlined DAP’s historic mission to bring about a two-party system in Malaysia.

Wong said the party's aim was to make Sabah rich again by toppling the BN government.

Using the analogy of MAS and Air Asia, he said people must have a choice.

"We need a two party system just like MAS and Air Asia. Without competition, things were bad then.

"The people as the boss (voters) must have a choice. If there is no choice, there is nothing to choose. Just like there is only one restaurant

serving the same stuff and overcharging you,” he said.

Wong also called on the media to educate the people and entrench a two-party system in Malaysia by ending the federal political power monopoly of BN.

Judicial review

Touching on his 'nativity' issue, Wong reiterated that he intends to see state minister of Local Government and Housing, Hajiji and his officers in court. Wong saidhe will seek a judicial review over his native certificate issue.

He reiterated his native certificate case also involved many people with similar status and this issue would be an election topic in the next general election.

Wong said the next general polls would be an urgent opportunity for change and for Sabahans to bring about a brighter future for their children.