Even a reduced majority is a moral victory, says Zahid

Rizanizam Abdul Hamid

BALAKONG: Even a reduced majority would be a moral victory, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi remarked.

With MCA contesting in the Balakong by-election in a straight fight against Pakatan Harapan (PH), Ahmad Zahid said if the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party could increase the number of votes they receive and reduce PH's majority, that would be a moral victory for the Opposition coalition.

"In the Balakong by-election, we don't care about the term winning or losing.

"What is important is if we manage to reduce the number of votes for PH's candidate, that to us is a moral victory," he said after visiting MCA's by-election operations room, here, today.

Also present were MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, his deputy Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Selangor MIC secretary Datuk N Rawisandran and Balakong MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong.

Tan will face PH's Wong Siew Ki in the by-election set to take place Sept 8.

Commenting further, Ahmad Zahid expressed his confidence in MCA's ability to reduce PH's majority thus signaling BN's potential return to power in the future.

"I am impressed by MCA, MIC, and definitely Umno's efforts, our spirit never died, in fact it has only gotten stronger in order to defend the rakyat.

"Although for the first time MCA is using their own logo, the spirit of BN remains strong as (MCA) is a BN component party," he said.

The Balakong state seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chee in a car accident on July 20.

In the 14th General Election, Ng retained the Balakong seat for a second term with a 35,538-vote majority. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd