KOTA KINABALU: The Liberal Democratic Party candidate in Bongawan, Mohd Azree Abd Ghani, says he wants to change the people’s views of the party.
Despite the heavy task awaiting him as a Muslim-Bumiputera candidate from the LDP, Mohd Azree says he is committed to continue spreading LDP’s ideology as a party for all.
Mohd Azree, 29, said the party was not able to contest in non-Chinese majority areas before while the party was with Barisan Nasional. Now out of BN, the LDP leadership decided to revive the party’s original concept and contest in the Muslim-Bumiputera majority seats as well as those traditionally seen as Kadazan, Dusun and Murut (KDM).
“The seat distribution system practiced by BN caused LDP to be seen as a party only for the Chinese community because it was only allocated seats in areas with many Chinese voters,” said Azree when contacted by FMT.
“LDP now has the chance to spread its wings all across Sabah. I also chose LDP because the party now features honorary (life) president Chong Kah Kiat as its leader in a ‘now or never’ mission … a mission to save Sabah. It’s a difficult mission but it’s not impossible,” he said.
Mohd Azree, a Bongawan native, said evidence of Chong’s leadership could be seen from his achievements as Sabah’s chief minister from 2001 to 2003.
“Many changes were made for the good of Sabah, the most obvious being the fight against illegal immigrants, solving squatter problems, stopping the use of pump boats and various other issues that could threaten our national sovereignty.
“He has retired from the political arena for 13 years but due to the pressure, demands and appeals of the multiracial grassroots community, he has come out to save Sabah from the damaged system.
The LDP’s decision to put Azree as its Bongawan candidate created history for the party as it is the first time the party is contesting in Bongawan.
It is also expected to field candidates in several other Muslim-majority Bumiputera and KDM constituencies in the next state elections. Previously, the LDP only contested the Tanjung Kapor, Sembulan, Merotai, Tanjung Papat and Karamunting state seats.
In the 14th general election, Warisan candidate Daud Yusof won the Bongawan seat after defeating two other candidates, including BN’s Mohamad Alamin, with a majority of 795 votes.