Sabah Chinese Association

The Sabah Chinese Association (Malay: Persatuan Cina Sabah, SCA) was a Chinese political party in the North Borneo and the Sabah state of Malaysia.

Sabah Chinese Association
Malay namePersatuan Cina Sabah
ڤرساتوان چينا سابه
Chinese name沙巴華人公會
Shābā huárén gōnghuì
FoundersKhoo Siak Chew, Peter Chin
FoundedOctober 1962
Merger ofUnited Party and Democratic Party
HeadquartersKota Kinabalu, Sabah
National affiliationSabah Alliance
Barisan Nasional


The party was established in October 1962 as Borneo Utara National Party, a merger of the United Party and the Democratic Party after encouragement from the Malayan Chinese Association.[1][2] Both parties had been founded earlier in the year; the United Party by Khoo Siak Chew in Sandakan and the Democratic Party by Peter Chin in Jesselton.[2] It was later renamed the Sabah National Party, before becoming the Sabah Chinese Association in 1965 when it merged with a non-political organisation by the same name.[1][2][3]

SCA's Peter Lo Sui Yin was the second Chief Minister of Sabah from 1965 to 1967.[4][5]

Following the merger, the new party contested the local elections in an alliance with the United Sabah National Organisation and the United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Organisation. It won five seats in the 1967 state elections,[6] and three seats in the 1969 general elections, and retained all three in the 1974 general elections, in which it was part of the Barisan Nasional. However, it failed to win a seat in the 1976 state elections, defeated by the Sabah People's United Front in every seat it contested;[7] following the defeat, it was dissolved.

Election results

General elections

Election Leader Votes % Seats Status
1964 Peter Lo Sui Yin Appointed by
Legislative Assembly
4 / 144
Governing coalition
1969 Peter Lo Sui Yin 24,699 1.03
3 / 144
Governing coalition
1974 Peter Lo Sui Yin
3 / 154
Governing coalition

State elections

Election Seats
1967 Sabah
5 / 32
1971 Sabah
3 / 32
1976 Sabah
0 / 48


  1. R.S. Milne & K.J. Ratnam (2014) Malaysia: New States in a New Nation, Routledge, p138
  2. Haruhiro Fukui (1985) Political parties of Asia and the Pacific, Greenwood Press, p771
  3. Sabah State Archives. "GOVERNMENTAL RECORDS (Before Independence)". Chief Minister Department. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. Eintrag auf; Retrieved on 12 June 2012
  5. Malaysia: Who’s Who Constitution Government & Politics, Edition 2011, p1129, Kusuya Management Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur 2011, ISBN 978-983-9624-07-6
  6. Milne & Ratnam, p212
  7. Regina Lim (2008) Federal-state Relations in Sabah, Malaysia: The Berjaya Administration, 1976-85, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, p105

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