Balakong by-election will be straight fight between PH, MCA [NSTTV]

NSTP Team

BANGI: The Balakong by-election on Sept 8 will see a straight fight between Pakatan Harapan (PH) and MCA. Returning Officer Datuk Rosli Othman, while announcing this, said; “No nomination form was rejected. I hereby announce that the Balakong by-election candidates are MCA’s Tan Chee Teong and PH’s Wong Siew Ki.”


DAP candidate Wong Siew Ki (centre) accompanied by party’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (right) march towards the nomination centre. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

Both candidates will now embark on a 21-day campaign, which starts today and ends at 11.59pm on Sept 7.


MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (centre) with party’s candidate Tan Chee Teong (3rd-right) and supporters walking towards the nomination centre. Pic by ROSELA ISMAIL.

Tan and Wong arrived at the nomination centre to submit their nomination papers at 9.06am and 9.13am, respectively. Tan was accompanied by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, while Wong was accompanied by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.


MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong submits his nomination form at the Hulu Langat district office. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

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


DAP candidate Wong Siew Ki gestures as she submits her nomination form at the Hulu Langat district office. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

In the 14th general election, Ng retained his Balakong seat for the second term after defeating Lim Chin Wah from Barisan Nasional and Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali of Pas with a 35,538-vote majority. Early voting for the Balakong by-election is set for Sept 4, while voting day is on Sept 8. -- Reporting by Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman, Hidir Reduan, Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi and Siti Nur Mas Erah Amran. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd