Huddled in a makeshift tent to get updates on the vote counting, MCA supporters knew they had lost the by-election by 7pm.
But that did not stop them from staying on with their party leaders to get the next update. They had worked very hard and they were all very concerned about the results.
An hour later, party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai started to address his party comrades; he thanked everyone for their effort and most of all, the bravery and courage to fight this battle. But not all is lost.
"It is a good start for us," he said in a bid to brighten up the dejected faces of the supporters.
"There is a return of Chinese support. And we also managed to reduce their (PKR) majority. Do not worry. The PKR vote majority this time around is definitely below that of the 6,824 in the elections last year," he said.
As the saying goes - a good beginning is half the battle won. This by-election results can be seen as a breakthrough for the party which saw its performance in the general election plunging from having 107 seats in 2004 to 46 in 2008 and 18 last year.
The main if not the only reason for the drop is that Chinese voters have been leaving the party in droves since the 2008 elections.