KULAI: MCA president Datuk Seri OngKa Ting’s move to contest in the Kulaiparliamentary seat is in the interest ofthe constituents and not his own.
“Kulai is situated near Tanjong Piai. I will continue to serve my previous constituency. As party president, I serve the people in the whole country,” he said to thunderous applause from villagers in Kepala Sawit New Village yesterday.
He added that he wanted to serve the Kulai community and to bring development to the place.
“I have been Tanjong Piai MP for four terms. If I contest in Tanjong Piai, I can win easily as the local people recognise my contributions and services.
“But I choose to come here as Kulai is the place with a lot of potential, which can be further improved. With my experience and capability, I will be able to bring more development and improve infrastructure and facilities in the area,” he added.
Besides, Ong said, he had trained capable leaders to take over the Tanjong Piai constituency. Wee Jeck Seng, 44, who is former Pekan Nanas assemblyman, is contesting the Tanjong Piai seat.
Kulai is a Chinese-majority seat with 59.05% voters from the community. Malays make up 30.88% and Indian 9.76%.
The villagers had also gave a standing ovation as as a welcome gesture for the visit by Ong and his wife Datin Seri Wendy.
The MCA’s top couple mingled with the residents, some of whom asked for autographs or to be photographed with the couple.
Earlier, during a visit to the Kulai New Village, Ong also listened patiently and noted down the needs of the villagers.
One of those whom he met was great-grandmother Yap Loo Hong, 78, who has been with the party since its establishment in 1949.
Yap expressed her delight to have Ong as the Kulai candidate.
“I am happy to have you here. I believe you can bring better development and improve our living environment here,” she told Ong.
Yap described Ong as a sincere and hardworking leader and she pledged to campaign for him despite having to walk with the aid of a cane. “Even my grandchildren told me that they like Ong although they are still not eligible to vote,” said Yap, who has 10 children and 30 grandchildren living in Kulai.