IPOH: The state MCA will field “mostly new faces” in the six state seats and three parliamentary constituencies that the party lost to the DAP in the last general election.
Declining to name the candidates, state MCA chief Datuk Ong Ka Chuan said the party will be “introducing” the potential candidates to the community.
“They (the new faces) will be professionals - lawyers, doctors and engineers, “ he told reporters at the Ipoh Barat MCA Chinese New Year gathering on Tuesday night.
The parliamentary constituencies that will see the new faces are Ipoh Barat, Ipoh Timor and Batu Gajah, while the state seats are Pasir Pinji, Jelapang, Sitiawan, Pantai Remis, Menglembu and Keranji.
The DAP also has another seat, Pasir Bedamar, which it wrested from the PPP in the last election.
Ong, who is also MCA secretary-general, said 30% of the MCA candidates contesting in Perak would be new faces.
Asked about Perak Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali’s statement that they expected a tough fight this time around against the DAP, Ong nodded and said: “Yes, I did tell him that we have to be very humble and not scold people, and he accepted this.”
Ong also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had expressed great interest in visiting the 300 vegetable and flower farmers in Kuala Kuang and Kanthan after they move to their new lots.