Chinese cheer for Barisan in Mah's win

Chinese cheer for Barisan in Mah's win

Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong has finally retaken his old Teluk Intan seat after being declared the winner of the parliamentary by-election.

For Barisan, it is more than just a win. It is also an indication of a return of Chinese support to the Barisan fold.

Mah, who won with a 238-vote majority, beating DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, also won in Chinese majority areas like Batu 12 which was won by the DAP in the general election last year.

Barisan saw a huge improvement in the Chinese majority areas of Batu 12, Anson Road and Pasir Bedamar Barat which MCA was entrusted to taking care of in this by election.

The ruling coalition won in Batu 12, garnering 53 per cent of the votes against 29 per cent in the general election last year. Barisan also performed better in Pasir Bedamar Barat, winning 34.5 per cent of the votes in against 19 per cent in the last round. In Anson Road, it had 44.5 per cent, up from 35 per cent.

When the results were announced at 9.33pm last night, Mah polled 20,157 votes against Dyana's 19,919.

Throughout the almost two week-long campaigning period, there have been signs that the people had chosen development and want pending problems related to infrastructure to be resolved.

The semi-rural constituency with 60,000 plus voters appeared to be assessing what the DAP had managed to bring to them since the 2008 general election.

It has been six years now and they can certainly tell the difference.

Prior to that, Mah was their MP for two terms from 1999 to 2008.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong saw the improvement as also sign of returning confidence of the Chinese in Barisan.

"The Chinese are looking at the larger picture." he said.

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