KAJANG: Puteri Umno is backing the idea that MCA should be given a chance to make a comeback and contest in the by-election for the Kajang state seat.
Puteri chief Mas Ermieyati Shamsuddin said the Kajang state seat was traditionally MCA’s and gave an assurance that the wing would give its full support to any candidate picked by the Barisan Nasional leadership.
“There have been many suggestions that perhaps an Umno candidate should be fielded in Kajang, but if we look at it, Kajang has been an MCA seat and they should contest in the by-election.
“However, we will let the Barisan leadership decide and the wisdom of the Prime Minister to make the final call on who should stand for the by-election,” she told a press conference before chairing a special meeting with Puteri’s Hulu Langat election machinery officers here yesterday.
The Kajang seat fell vacant following the resignation of Lee Chin Cheh from PKR on Jan 27.
The Election Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the vacancy.
Mas Ermieyati, who is also an Umno supreme council member, said Puteri members have been mobilised at all 16 district polling stations, aimed at wooing young voters during the by-election.
She also criticised the Opposition for dragging its internal problem out in the open just to accommodate certain leaders to take over the Selangor state government.
In George Town, Penang MCA adviser Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun said the seat should be contested by an MCA candidate.
“In my opinion, it’s better for MCA to contest the seat but if there are other suggestions, MCA is open to further discussions,” he said when asked by the media about suggestions that the seat should be contested by an Umno candidate.
“It’s like, if you want to go to someone’s house, you should ask the owner for permission. This is a kind of respect.”
Dr Loh said discussions could be carried out among Barisan component parties to reach an understanding.
“If they come up with reasonable suggestions to put in another candidate, we will accept the decision.
“Some people, especially the Chinese, think that MCA will agree with any suggestion by Umno, but the fact is, we will carry out discussions before any decision is made.
“We want harmony among the component parties and also the country,” he said.