Malaysia elections: MCA working hard to take on Kluang challenge
Gan Ping Sieu said the party's election machinery and workers were all geared up. -The Star/ANN
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Despite being confident of defending the Kluang parliamentary seat, MCA is not taking DAP's challenge lightly.
MCA vice-president and Kluang division chief Gan Ping Sieu said the party's election machinery and workers were all geared up to ensure that the seat remained theirs.
He said DAP's announcement that its Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong would contest the Kluang parliamentary seat had in fact spurred them to work even harder.
"We are prepared for the battle.
"We have been working almost non-stop to service the people in Kluang but we are not going to take the challenge lightly," he said here yesterday.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced on Saturday that Liew, who is a first-term MP, would contest the Kluang parliamentary seat.
Gan, who is also Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, said whether incumbent Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung would be fielded to defend the seat instead of him, as widely speculated, would be decided by the Barisan Nasional leadership.
"I'm a national party leader and the party's agenda prevails. As a vice-president for MCA, to contest in a general election is part of my duty and responsibility.
"Having said that, I still have to leave it to the party to make the decision. Personal wishes come second," he said.
Gan said he was not going to contest a state seat any more.
"We have a candidate (for the state seat) and have already groomed the candidate," he said.
Gan contested and lost the Mengkibol state seat to DAP's Ng Lam Hua in the 2008 general election.
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