KAJANG: The MCA new leadership and its transformation to serve the people better has gained the confidence of Kajang folk, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said he had received overwhelming response from the community during his numerous visits here recently.
“Kajang is always close to my heart. I have stayed in Kajang before and have many old friends here,” said Liow, who graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi nearby.
Liow has been very active in student and community affairs since his days in the university.
At a press conference after opening the MCA operations room for the Kajang by-election here yesterday, he said the polls would be an opportunity for voters to choose a representative who has their interests at heart.
The by-election, following the resignation of Pakatan Rakyat assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh, will see PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lock horns with a Barisan Nasional candidate from MCA on March 23. Nomination is on March 11.
Liow urged the voters to scrutinise Pakatan leaders, particularly Anwar, on how they behaved when they were in power in order to see their true colours.
Anwar, he said, could never be forgotten and forgiven for suppressing Chinese education when he was the Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
“Now, Anwar has orchestrated the by-election to pave the way for him to become the Selangor Mentri Besar,” he said.
Voters should not allow Anwar to continue to manipulate them into supporting him because he only had his own interest at heart, added Liow.
Pakatan leaders, he said, were good at making promises but poor on delivery.
Citing Lee as an example, he said the assemblyman, who hailed from Petaling Jaya, had not fulfilled his election campaign promise to shift to Kajang and serve the people after winning the seat.
A Barisan Kajang assemblyman, said Liow, would help to provide check and balance on the Pakatan-dominated Selangor state assembly.
“This is important. As it is now, the people in Selangor and Kajang are facing many problems like hikes in assessment and fees for business licence as well as poor infrastructure.”
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is heading the party’s by-election campaign, said Lee and his performance in the constituency in the past eight months was a good eye opener for the people.
“He (Lee) has promised to tinggal (live) in Kajang and serve the people well when campaigning during the May 5 general election last year. Eight months later, he meninggalkan (left) the seat,” he said.