TAIPING: MCA would be able to speak for the Kajang people if the party was represented in the Selangor assembly, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“We have short-listed our candidates whom we think are suitable to take part in the by-election,” he told reporters after a dinner with MCA leaders from Perak’s north yesterday.
“We are in the midst of identifying the most winnable candidate to represent Barisan Nasional,” he said.
In KAJANG, when asked to comment on Nurul Hidayah’s intention to stand in the by-election, her father and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi simply laughed it off. “She really mengada-ngada lah! (acting important). She shouldn’t get involved in politics.”
He said his 35-year-old daughter was an Umno member in his Bagan Datoh constituency but resided in Kajang. “Like that she wouldn’t have to change her address, I guess.”
Dr Ahmad Zahid affirmed that the Kajang state seat, if Barisan decided to contest, was meant for MCA and that should be respected.
“If we decide to put a candidate there, we will not give an easy win to (Opposition leader Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim). We know, logically, with a majority of 6,800 votes it will be difficult to win but it is not impossible if the Kajang people decide they want a change in their representative,” he said.
Sinar Harian reported that Nurul Hidayah had expressed her interest to be the Barisan candidate but said it was up to the party leadership to decide.
“I cannot comment further, it is still in discussion. The intent is here. I believe that those who feel they are qualified would have the intent as well,” she said.
Politicians from both sides start gearing up for the polls