I don't wish to address BN issues, says MCA's Balakong candidate

FAHMY AZRIL ROSLI

BANGI: MCA candidate for the Balakong by-election, Tan Chee Teong, believes that Barisan Nasional (BN) has become a footnote in history following its defeat in the 14th general election (GE14).

Tan said, following the transition to a new government on May 9, it is time that MCA stands ‘independent’ as it steps towards the future.

He said leaders from all political parties should cease harping on issues which are related to BN.

“There’s no need for political games any more. I suggest that focus is instead given on matters which benefit the people, and not attacks against each other.

“This isn’t constructive. I will not meddle in this matter (BN issues) and if possible, I don’t wish to address them.

“Ask me what we can do to develop Balakong and I’ll be able to answer the questions because I have it all in my head,” he told reporters after completing his walkabout at the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn foodstalls on Friday.

Tan was commenting on a statement by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, who said MCA is keeping silent on the wrongdoings committed by the previous government.

Gobind said MCA had not only kept silent over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, but had also accused Pakatan Harapan (PH) of playing dirty politics when it disclosed the matter.

Meanwhile, asked on the progress of his campaigning efforts, especially in Malay areas in Balakong, Tan said he faced no problems.

“My campaign isn’t bound by races. I am race-blind. I don’t go down to the ground with just votes in mind, I’m also looking at how to improve the constituency,” he said.

Asked on why there no senior Umno leaders had joined the campaigning, Tan replied that there have been several Umno and MIC members who had helped him with the campaign.

In the Balakong by-election, which is being held following the death of assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chee in a road accident on July 20, Tan faces PH candidate Wong Siew Ki in a straight fight.

In the 14th general election, Ng defeated Barisan Nasional candidate Lim Chin Wah and Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali of PAS with a majority of 35,538 votes. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd