Sabah Chinese Association

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Sabah Chinese Association

Persatuan Cina Sabah
FoundersKhoo Siak Chew, Peter Chin
FoundedOctober 1962
Preceded bySabah National Party (SANAP)
HeadquartersKota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The Sabah Chinese Association (Malay: Persatuan Cina Sabah, SCA) was a political party in the Sabah state of Malaysia.


The party was established in October 1962 as Borneo Utara National Party (BUNAP), 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 (SANAP), before becoming the Sabah Chinese Association in 1965 when it merged with a non-political organisation by the same name.[2][1][3]

Following the merger, the new party contested the local elections in an alliance with the United Sabah National Organisation (USNO) and the United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Organisation (UPKO). It won five seats in the 1967 state elections,[4] 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 (BERJAYA) in every seat it contested;[5] following the defeat, it was dissolved.


  1. ^ a b R.S. Milne & K.J. Ratnam (2014) Malaysia: New States in a New Nation, Routledge, p138
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ Milne & Ratnam, p212
  5. ^ Regina Lim (2008) Federal-state Relations in Sabah, Malaysia: The Berjaya Administration, 1976-85, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, p105