KAJANG - The Chinese support for Barisan Nasional has gone up to around 25 per cent in the Kajang state by-election, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
This, he added, was much better compared to the 18 per cent it got in the last general election.
Noting that it fell short of the party's 30 per cent target, Liow said the election had, however, showed that there were areas where the party has to work harder and give more focus.
"For instance, we need to find ways to win the young Chinese voters over," he said at the MCA main operations room last night.
Despite Barisan candidate and MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun losing to PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Liow said the party saw the episode as a good start to reinforce positive developments in the party.
"Our leaders from all levels nationwide and members had come together to fight this battle despite knowing that it was an uphill task.
"It shows that unity has returned to our party and we are all geared to move forward from this point," said Liow, who took over the party's helm in December last year.
Chew, who lost by a 5,379-vote majority, had managed to reduce the 6,824-vote majority of PKR's Lee Chin Cheh, who won the seat in the general election in May last year.
Liow also thanked all the Barisan component parties for their support in the by-election.
He said the run-up to the next general election would be the most challenging period for the party.
"We saw our strong and weak points when fighting this by-election. But we are all united and have the courage and bravery to take up the challenge together, and this is an important start," he said.