Its chief Ling Tian Soon said the unanimous decision to have Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng represent Barisan shows that the spirit of solidarity and unity remained strong among component parties.
“The harmonious relationship between component parties have been the basis of the formation of Barisan since independence and we will continue to encourage this in the Tanjung Piai by-election and even after that.
“Johor MCA Youth also assures that the opportunity will be put to good use to gain victory for Barisan while strengthening the voice of the opposition to guarantee the check-and-balance system remains in this country,” he said in a statement.
Ling said the by-election here was a good platform for the public to express problems affecting them.
He said the Tanjung Piai by-election provided a new opportunity for MCA to prove that the party was still relevant and capable of regaining support of the Chinese community for Barisan.
He hoped the people of Tanjung Piai would give Wee a chance to represent them in Parliament.
The Tanjung Piai by-election is a three-cornered fight after Barisan announced Wee as its candidate.
Pakatan’s candidate is Karmaine Sardini from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) while Gerakan named Wendy Subramaniam as their candidate.
Tanjung Piai is a mixed seat with 53,528 registered voters, comprising 57% Malays, 41.66% Chinese and 1% Indians.
The by-election is being held as its MP Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, died of heart complications on Sept 21.
The Election Commission has set today as nomination day and Nov 16 as polling day.
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