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PUBLISHED: Aug 18, 2014 2:49pm

Ex-Sabah DAP chief is now MCA life member

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SANDRA SOKIAL By:
Sandra Sokial

Luyang assemblyman and former Sabah DAP chief Dr Hiew King Cheu received his lifetime membership card from MCA party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai two weeks ago.

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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 18, 2014:

Former Sabah DAP chief Dr Hiew King Cheu, after 10 months being partyless, has finally found a ‘home’, politically.

The Luyang assemblyman recently announced that he was now officially an MCA member, after receiving a lifetime membership card from party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai two weeks ago.

His acceptance into the Barisan Nasional family came despite recent critics from Sabah BN component party leaders that his membership was not based on a consensus decision.

Hiew, however, said he had not officially met Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman to inform him about the matter, but believed the state BN chairman would be acknowledging his new status as a BN state representative.

“My party president said I am now officially an MCA member, thus making me a BN member.

“I hope the other BN component parties in Sabah will accept me as part of the ruling coalition family, and I am looking forward to working together with them to retain all the seats that were lost to the Opposition in the previous general election, especially Sri Tanjung, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu, which is held by DAP.”

Hiew, who has already started operating his office under the MCA flag, said he had been receiving overwhelming response from the grassroots, especially in the Luyang and Kota Kinabalu constituencies.

His joining BN had also stopped many conflicts involving the development in his constituency.

“What I can say now is that there will be more development in Luyang and more projects will be coming in that will benefit the people as a whole.

“My decision to join BN is not just to prove that I am pro-BN, but was also to meet the people’s interest,” he said.

MCA invited Hiew to join the party in June this year after he left DAP in Oct last year.

Sabah MCA chief Wilfred Yong said MCA had no voice in the state assembly after former state MCA chief Datuk Edward Khoo failed in his bid to defend the Kapayan seat in the last general election in May last year.

In the last general election, Sabah BN fielded state MCA Wanita chief and Kota Kinabalu division chairman Datuk Agnes Shim for the Luyang state seat which was eventually won by Hiew on a DAP ticket.

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