Kota Kinabalu, 5th February 2012: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has set its sight on the Likas State seat presently occupied by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPPp) which left Barisan Nasional (BN) after the March 2008 election.
A probable candidate is the party's Likas Division Chairman, Chin Shu Ying, 47, who is also LDP Youth Leader. The incumbent Likas Assemblyman is Datuk Liew Teck Chan.
It is understood that LDP President, Datuk V.K. Liew in lobbying for at least two additional seats (among the six seats left vacant by Sapp's withdrawal from BN, and other Opposition-held areas) has submitted a list of the party's potential candidates to the BN top leadership for consideration.
Chin, a civil engineer, indicated the party's keenness to contest in at least six seats, including the existing Sandakan parliamentary seat and three State seats - Karamunting, Tanjong Kapor and Merotai.
He said, at the end of the day, the final decision would be based on who is the winnable candidate in a particular area.
"And the Prime Minister will make that decision. Basically, the party will submit at least three names for each seat it is interested in, to the Prime Minister to consider.
"Like it or not, it is nothing wrong for one to make known one's intention to serve. I am interested to stand in Likas because I think I am well-positioned to serve the people and schools in the area.
"I have been living in Likas for quite some time and my parents' residence is also in Likas," he told reporters at the LDP Youth & Wanita Chinese New Year Appreciation Dinner with the Media at Hotel Promenade, here.
Given his elementary and secondary education at schools in Likas, Chin is well-acquainted with the area. And in the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KKCCCI), he is in charge of kindergarten education and some Chinese stream primary schools. SJK © Chung Hwa and Chung Hwa Kindergarten are located in Likas.
"Ideally, to be an elected representative will provide me with a bigger platform to serve and to pursue our dream, not my dream.
A dream that our children will inherit a better world from us."
Admittedly, serving the community is not alien to Chin as he has been serving in various capacities for the last 10 years.
"Not just within the party but also through participation in non-governmental organisations (NGOs). So it's nothing new to me," he said.
LDP Deputy President, Datuk Chin Su Phin graced the occasion together with Vice-President, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming who is also Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development, Vice-President Lim Ming Hoo and other Supreme Council members. Also present were Wanita Chief Nancy Lim and Youth Secretary, Dexter Lim who was the Organising Chairman.