PONTIAN: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting will contest the Kulai parliamentary seat, leaving his Tanjong Piai seat.
“I will do my best to bring further development and positive changes to Kulai like what I did in Tanjong Piai in the last four terms.
“Kulai is situated in a strategic location with the Senai Airport and located within the Iskandar Development Region,” he said..
Ong was first elected as Pontian MP in 1990 and retained his seat in 1995 and 1999. In 2004, the Pontian seat was renamed as Tanjong Piai due to the delineation exercise and Ong won it for the fourth term.
Kulai is a Chinese-majority seat with almost 59% voters from the community. Malays make up about 31% and Indians about 9%.
“As the MCA president, I serve everybody in the country. No boundary can tie me down and no boundary will restrict me. I will give my best to the people around the country,” he said.
During his years in Tanjong Piai constituency, Ong said he had accomplished much for the betterment of the constituency such as improving quality of life and solving the people’s problems.
“My contribution and services in Tanjong Piai have been well accepted by the people. I thank the voters and residents for their strong supports and cooperation when I was the MP.
“With their support and collaboration, I was able to concentrate on my work and services for the whole country in the federal level. I really appreciate it and it will be in my heart forever. Thank you very much,” he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration at the Pekan Nanas community hall here yesterday.
Ong said he had explained to the Tanjong Piai MCA division members as well as the local people of his decision.
He added that Kulai was situated near Tanjong Piai and he would continue to help his previous constituency.
“Even before that, as a minister with tight schedules, I was assisted by Pekan Nanas assemblyman Wee Jeck Seng.
“Wee handled the day-to-day local issues while I helped them in bigger issues,” he added.
Wee, 44, a local boy, will contest the Tanjong Piai seat.
Ong thanked Kulai incumbent MP Datuk Lim Si Cheng for his work and contributions to the constituency.