I'll continue late Eddie's work in Balakong, says PH candidate

Hidir Reduan

BANGI: Balakong by-election candidate Wong Siew Ki has pledged to continue the positive changes brought about by its previous assemblyman, the late Eddie Ng Tien Chee.

Wong, who is from DAP, said this is in line with Ng’s positive impact with regards to socio-economic benefits upon the state constituency during his first term in office.

She said it is particularly important to ensure this as the state constituency has differing needs. She said modern housing areas, for example, have less needs for infrastructure projects compared to the “kampung baru” (new villages) here which have a greater need for such developments.

“Now, Balakong has felt the positive changes brought by Eddie (Ng). I will carry on these changes and developments for the prosperity of the people.

“As a native of Balakong, I will campaign for the benefit of all people here,” she said, adding that she would seek to uplift the people’s quality of life.

She was speaking to the media after being announced as PH’s candidate for the Balakong by-election during nomination day at the Hulu Langat District office here on Saturday.

Earlier, Election Commission returning officer Datuk Rosli Othman announced that the Sept 8 Balakong by-election will see a straight fight between PH and MCA.

"No nomination forms were rejected. I hereby announce the Balakong by-election candidates are MCA Tan Chee Teong and for PH, Wong Siew Ki," said Rosli.

Both MCA and PH candidates will now begin their 21-day campaigning period starting Saturday until 11.59pm on Sept 7.

Both Tan and Wong arrived at the nomination centre to submit their nomination papers at 9.06am and 9.13am respectively.

The Balakong seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman Ng in an accident at KM11.7 of the Grand Saga Highway on July 20.

In the 14th General Election, Ng retained his Balakong seat for the second term after defeating Lim Chin Wah from BN and Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali (Pas) with a 35,538-vote majority.

Early voting for Balakong by-election was set on Sept 4, while voting day is on Sept 8. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd