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Saturday March 31, 2007

DAP fields same candidate


MALACCA: DAP's candidate for the Machap by-election, who had lost in the 2004 general election, is confident of doing better this time round. 

Businessman Liou Chen Kuang, 33, believes that the voters will make a wiser choice and vote him in because he wants to serve the people wholeheartedly. 

Round two: Liou and his wife Tan Chew Chin giving the thumbs up after the businessman was named as the DAP candidate for the Machap by -election yesterday.
In 2004, Liou lost to former Malacca MCA chief, the late Datuk Wira Poh Ah Tiam, when he polled 1,285 votes to the latter's 5,487 votes. 

“It does not matter if I win or lose because I will still continue to serve the people of Machap,” Liou, who is Malacca DAP organising secretary, said yesterday. 

Asked if he felt threatened that his MCA opponent would probably be a local boy who has the voters' trust, Liou, who is from Pulau Gadong, said based on his past experience, he believed he would be treated “just like a local.” 

The father of two children, aged five and one, said he knew the area well and enjoyed the grassroots support from villagers in Machap Umboo and Machap Baru. 

“When I contested here the last time, I got to know the people. Even after the election I continued keeping in touch and helping them in many ways,” said Liou, adding that he looked forward to a clean and fair contest. 

DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng, who announced Liou's candidacy at a press conference, said the party’s slogan for the by-election was “Machap Democracy.”  

“We hope the voters in Machap can give this young, successful businessman, who has committed himself to the people here, an opportunity to represent them, handle their problems, be their voice of hope and speak fearlessly against injustice,” said Lim. 

Malacca MCA secretary Datuk Seah Kwi Tong said MCA was not worried or pressured by the DAP candidate but “will not take him lightly.” 

“We have been trained to face the strongest opposition, so we will consider him as the strongest one chosen by the DAP. 

“However, we are still confident that the people’s support is on our side because Barisan Nasional, through the MCA, has done so much for them,” said Seah. 

The Machap state seat fell vacant following Poh's death due to cancer and renal failure.  

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