Balakong by-election candidates take jibes at each other's age, experience

Hidir Reduan, MEOR RIDUWAN MEOR AHMAD

BANGI: MCA’s Balakong by-election candidate has questioned his rival Pakatan Harapan (PH) contender’s ties to and familiarity with the district.

Tan Chee Teong today pointed out that Ipoh-born Wong Siew Ki has only lived part of her life in the constituency.

Furthermore, he noted that she had worked for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council – an area far from Balakong.

“(Wong) may claim to be a long time resident of Balakong. But I was born here and lived here all my life. I know every nook and cranny of the area. (I) know the people and have listened to their problems.

“Is her knowledge (of the constituency) on paper only?

“Mine is not merely on paper, as I have gone down to the ground for so long to understand the issues faced by residents here,” he said when met here today.

Tan, 40, is thought to have been responding to 32-year-old Wong’s statement earlier today that she is “young and energetic” – which many see as an indirect jibe at Tan.

Wong also highlighted her involvement in producing the documentary Jatuh, which explored the suspicious death of Teoh Beng Hock, as a reason why voters should choose her.

Teoh, an aide to a DAP assemblyman, was found dead after a fall from a building in Shah Alam in July 2009, following an overnight interrogation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at its nearby office.

Tan, however, pointed out that he entered politics by joining MCA, a Barisan Nasional component party, in 2004 – ten years before Wong joined DAP, a PH component party.

He also cited his involvement in raising issues which affect Balakong residents, such as poor road conditions at Taman Cheras Perdana here – and how he, as a member of the residents’ association, brought the matter to the attention of the Kajang Municipal Council, which resolved the matter.

“Just because she is younger, does that mean she can serve the people better?” he asked. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd