FCAS calls for nomination and appointment of Chinese representatives in State Cabinet
The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) has urged the newly-minted Sabah People Alliance/ Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government to nominate some Chinese community representatives as state assembly persons and to induct them into the State Cabinet.
Urging this, its president Tan Sri T.C Goh said this is appropriate and necessary in order to have a multiracial representation in the State Cabinet and to reflect the state government’s concern for the Chinese community.
He said this is in view of the state election results which indicated that all the elected Chinese assembly persons are from the opposition camp, none is from the ruling coalition.
“The GRS state government must not neglect the voice of Chinese community which is the second largest ethnic group in the state,” he stressed.
He thus hoped and believed the GRS state government would take serious note of this aspect and exercise its collective wisdom to win the hearts and minds of the Chinese community, instead of giving them ‘cold treatment’.
Goh who is also the President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) said this while expressing his concern over the absence of Chinese elected representatives in the GRS coalition government; he feared that this may result in the Chinese community being neglected, after this.
He noted that, all the 10 Chinese candidates fielded by GRS and other political parties like Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (PGRS) had lost in the state election; the nine Chinese candidates who made it were from DAP (5 candidates), Warisan (3 candidates) and PKR (1 candidate). This new formation is obviously the complete opposite of the previous political scenario where the Chinese elected representatives were part of the ruling government.
He thus reiterated that, once the new chief minister is sworn in, and the state government is formed, it could then proceed to invoke the relevant provision under the State Constitution to nominate another six members of the State Legislative Assembly. He hoped the state government would seriously consider nominating qualified and capable individuals from the Chinese community and to induct them into the State Cabinet, so that they could serve the Chinese community.
Besides this, he also urged political parties from both sides of the divide to respect the decision and mandate of Sabah people in the recent state election, and to seriously reflect upon the election results and to strive to rectify their shortcomings and improve their services.
“This is the kind of right attitude and magnanimity that a true and respected politician should possess,” he stressed.
He also reckoned that it is the fervent of the people of Sabah that the new state government could make good use of their mandate to develop Sabah into a progressive and prosperous state.
“Likewise, the state government should set aside political differences, and respect and accept constructive views and proposals from the opposition elected representatives, so that everyone could all work together as a great team for the best interest of the state and its people,” he concluded.