PROFILE OF YONG TECK LEE, STATE ASSEMBLYMAN FOR N.13 LIKAS

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KOTA KINABALU - Datuk Yong Teck Lee, 43, the BN candidate for the Likas by-election is no stranger to the constituents of the area. 

He has been serving them consistently as State Assemblyman since April 1985 when he first won the seat.

Since then, over a period of 16 years, he has chalked up a sound track record of public service for Likas in particular, the State of Sabah and the nation in general. 

Yong, President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), a component of BN, is well known for being assertive, for his courage to speak out and take appropriate actions on issues that matter to the people of Likas and the State. 

He does so even when such issues are deemed to be highly sensitive or controversial. 

For instance, his repeated calls to the Election Commission to provide specific information to convince the public that its actions on phantom voters were long-term, is bearing results. 

On the issue of illegal immigrants and the presence of a large number of foreign workers in Sabah, he took pains to compile a comprehensive position paper on the subject bringing this "Mother of all Threats" to the attention of the State and Federal governments in 1999. 

The paper, presented in the name of SAPP, included recommendations on a wide range of areas whereby the government could take actions, including the need to firmly enforce rules on issuance of work pass, tighter control on rental of land and other properties, curtailing of illegal hawking, and limiting the stay of foreign workers. 

Over the years, Yong also showed his capability as a leader who adhered to the Bangsa Malaysia spirit of serving people of all communities irrespective of race, culture or religion. 

During Yong's two-year term as Chief Minister from May 1996, he gave priority attention to accelerate economic development, including the promotion of regional development through BIMP-EAGA, reduce incidence of hardcore poverty; and instill a new Political Culture based on trust. 

He also took steps to improve the overall administrative machinery, including the introduction of "Electronic Government" programme in the State and renewed efforts to synergise all law enforcement agencies in improving security, law and order in the State. 

The State Economic Action Council (SEAC), formed in February 1998 with Yong as Chairman, came up with the Strategic Response Plan to minimize the impacts of the regional economic and financial crisis on Sabah. 

During the two years as the Chairman of BN Sabah he took positive steps to strengthen the position of the coalition at State and divisional levels, established the BN Office at Putatan Square, in the Penampang District. 

Two BN Sabah Conventions were held during his term as additional means to bring about stronger BN unity and cohesiveness in the State. 

He was trained as a lawyer, and received his LL.B (Hons) from the London School of Economics (LSE) of London University, and Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn, London. 

Shortly after returning to Sabah from the United Kingdom, he entered politics in 1985. He stood and won the Likas seat in the State Legislative Assembly in April that year. 

He was victorious in all subsequent contests for the Likas seat in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1999, each time with higher majority. 

Yong became a Member of Parliament in November 1999 after he won as BN candidate for Gaya. 

Aside from being the Chief Minister, Yong had held various portfolios in the State Government, including Local Government & Housing, Industrial Development and Finance. Now he serves the country as a Wakil Rakyat, voicing issues at State and national levels.

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Issued from the MP Gaya Liaison Office