KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Independent Candidates Alliance (SICA) is a team that compliments one another with each member having their own strengths and skills to bring about changes to Sabah.
Based on the aspiration of bringing back Sabah’s glorious days and to solve perennial issues, this alliance is asking for a chance to prove their worth.
For the record, candidates who are in this alliance are Achmad Noorasyrul Noortaip (N.18 Inanam), Melanie Chia (N.19 Likas), Sim Sie Hong (N.20 Api-Api), Chin Ling Ling (N.21 Luyang) and Jan Chow Yee Fah (N.22 Tanjung Aru).
Chia said as a veteran politician, she is called to return into active politic following the unsettled political events in Sabah leading up to the current snap election.
She said even though Sabah is a resource rich state, the people of Sabah deserve better!
“For the past 12 years, I have been fighting for the rights of this state including to get back our autonomy,” she said.
“The fighting spirit shown by my comrades in wanting to bring changes to Sabah also drives me to continue my struggle,” she said in a live interview via Facebook.
What is clear, she said, is that there is still much to be done progressively and in a fair manner to steer Sabah into a better future.
Another SICA member, Sim, said his main vision if given mandate is to solve the flooding issue.
He said several actions need to be drawn in accordance with geographical and environmental factors.
“I know this matter needs huge funding to solve coupled with efficient management, there are many things that can be done including seeking international specialists and to adopt an appropriate repayment plan,” he said.
Achmad wants to focus on youth empowerment by providing employment and business opportunities.
He said this is proven with many successful stories including youth coders making a career for themselves.
“Without us realising, many countries like India, Vietnam and Indonesia have created successful coders that are of international standards,” he said.
Chin and Chow wants to make Sabah a developed and competitive state in the international level.
Chin said she wishes to see youth get a wider opportunity to further their studies to tertiary levels.
For Chow, the ‘frog’ culture is badly affecting Sabah’s developments.
“In the end, those who are appointed to replace frogs are those without the needed capabilities and requirements,” she said.
That is why the people need to ensure that their representatives and leaders are those with proper qualifications and have the criteria to lead Sabah into a better future.