SEREMBAN: MCA had anticipated its defeat in the Balakong by-election, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
However, he said the defeat has done little to weaken MCA as Balakong has been a DAP stronghold for more than two terms.
MCA, he said, is satisfied with the by-election results as there has been an increase in voter support among the Chinese community for MCA.
He said Chinese voter support for MCA rose to 12.6 per cent compared to the 7.3 per cent garnered in the 14th general election, even though the voter turnout in Balakong was only 43 per cent.
“Although we lost to DAP, but if we view it from the number of Chinese votes. there has been an improvement. We obtained 1,133 votes in the by-election compared to 1,033 votes in GE14.
“In fact, MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong also did not lose his deposit, compared to others in GE14. This clearly shows that the Chinese support is returning to MCA,” he told a press conference after officiating the Negri Sembilan MCA annual assembly on Sunday.
Also present were his deputy, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Youth chief, Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
Liow also believed that the win by Pakatan Harapan candidate Wong Siew Ki was because the voters are still giving PH a chance to fulfil their manifesto.
“The Balakong voters are being tolerant by continuing to support DAP even though the party failed to fulfil their 100-day manifesto. The people are still hoping for DAP to keep their promises,” he said.
Asked on whether MCA would forge a cooperation with Pas as part of the opposition, Liow said the party is willing to work with anyone who lends their support.
“MCA is ready to accept anyone who supports us. This doesn’t mean that there is a cooperation between MCA and Pas, as claimed by DAP. That is untrue. DAP is saying this because they had a big problem with Pas before and are now transferring it to MCA,” he said.
MCA, he said, is now in the midst of effecting change for the sake of the party’s future and to ensure that it remains relevant and is accepted by the people. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd