KOTA KINABALU: The State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman has always taken the needs and grievances raised by the Chinese community seriously.
Apart from annual allocation to Chinese schools and religious bodies, Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the State Government was happy to listen and address the issues faced by the Chinese community.
Teo said Musa had personally approved the extension of 73 land titles for business operators in Kolombong Industrial Zone that were submitted via the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) recently.
“This shows that the Chief Minister puts the people first.
“I hope KKCCCI continues to play its role to foster cooperation and closer relations between the government and the people, which will contribute to the economy and development of Sabah and Malaysia,” Teo said that at KKCCCI’s 37th term of executive and supervisory committee installation night here on Friday.
The 37th term of committee was headed by Datuk Michael Lui Yen Sang, who was re-elected for a second term in November last year.
Teo also lauded Lui’s performance and leadership of KKCCCI for the past three years, especially in voicing issues concerning the Chinese community and people’s livelihood.
“Although his statements are quite sharp at times, but the government and relevant department take (Lui’s comments) seriously.
“We will not brush aside these issues. We will study and strive to improve or rectify the issues raised.”
He said KKCCCI served as a bridge between the government and people, and its approach of disseminating government policies and reflecting matters concerning the people via official channels would help in creating a prosperous and harmonious society.
On the other hand, Teo said KKCCCI had played an active role in Chinese education development and preservation of Chinese culture despite being a trade association.
“KKCCCI’s contribution in Chinese education and culture in Sabah is apparent and serves as a role model to many Chinese associations in the State and country.”
KKCCCI has been established for 105 years since 1911.
Also present were the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu Chen Peijie, Sabah Dong Zong chairman Tan Sri Andrew Liew, former state assemblyman Datuk Edward Khoo, Federation of Chinese Associations (FCAS) Sabah deputy president Datuk Jimmy Yong Kyok Ming, Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) deputy president Lo Su Fui, Putatan Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Frankie Liew, KKCCCI life honorary president Datuk John Su, deputy president Dr Ling Hie Sing, KTS Sabah area general operations manager Ngu Ngiong Hieng and other Chinese community leaders.