Speaking out: Wee (third from right) speaking during a press conference after meeting MCA leaders at the Teluk Intan division office.
TELUK INTAN: Many young voters are expected to return – some from Singapore – to cast their votes for the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election on May 31, which is a Saturday.
Chinese voters will also be coming back to celebrate the rice dumpling festival over the weekend although this falls on Monday, June 2, this year.
Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong (pic) said the huge turnout of young voters would work against him.
“It was the outstation voters who caused the tsunami in the general election last year. They do not depend on services that we (Barisan) provide to overcome problems like flood or low water pressure,” he said here yesterday.
Of the 60,000 voters in Teluk Intan, over 41% are Chinese, Malays 38% and Indians 19%.
Recalling his defeat last year, Mah said he had expected the tsunami when he saw many cars with registration plates from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore in the constitutuency.
However, the polling date, he added, was decided by the Election Commission and he had no say over it.
Calling himself the underdog, Mah put his winning chances at 45:55.
DAP’s Seah Leong Peng had won the Teluk Intan seat with a 7,313 vote majority last year, beating Mah and another independent candidate.
Mah, 53, is in a straight fight with DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, 26.
Meanwhile, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong is optimistic of a change for the better for Mah in this polls.
He pointed out that there were issues like PAS’ hudud which showed that DAP had not kept its promises to the voters to protect their rights.
Some people, he added, were also disappointed with DAP for not coming up with a clear stand on hudud when its Pakatan Rakyat ally, PAS, was adamant in pushing for it.
Dr Wee also accused the PAS leadership of postponing its tabling of the Private Member’s Bills in Parliament to implement hudud in Kelantan to September just to help DAP win the by-elections in Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan.
“I urge the people to scrutinise DAP before giving the party their support this time around,” he said after meeting MCA leaders on the Teluk Intan by-election here on Tuesday night.
MCA, vowed Dr Wee, would go all out to ensure a Barisan victory.
Also present were Teluk Intan MCA chief Datuk Seri Kuan Peng Soon and Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.