Datuk Y. C. Lau

M any may not know that Datuk YC actually had a hand in building one of the oldest and leading hotels in Kota Kinabalu, the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

A trained engineer from Taiwan and Australia, the 64-year old Sipitang-born was involved in its construction in the early 70s after working for the Public Works Department for a couple of years Down Under.

The wealth of experience he took with him contributed not only to the successful completion of the hotel project but also to a part in the urban development of the state capital that time.

It stands today as one of his proudest achievements.

But there’s another thing that he helped build that is bigger than just a building of concrete and steel: a political party of merely flesh and blood, the LDP.

His involvement in politics started way back in the 70s as a member of the Sabah Chinese Association (SCA) in which he served as divisional head of Sipitang.

In 1978, he joined BERJAYA as Kota Kinabalu deputy divisional chief plus a short period as PKR in the same division.

In the Party he developed a close relationship with two men who would later, together with him and few others, join forces to form the LDP. They were Chong Kah Kiat and Hiew Ming Kong.

He acknowledges the difficulty in taking the new Party (LDP) to stand solidly on its own two feet during its early days as the ruling Party of the day then was strong.

But as a builder, he kept reminding himself that the only way to make that happen was to have a strong foundation.

For years his work was focussed on strengthening and outreaching to the grassroots.

He served as Party’s Information Chief from 1989 to 2006 and currently act as the Advisor to the Kapayan Division.