PETALING JAYA: Right from the start, the MCA knew it was in for a brutal fight that could leave it badly bruised and battered. And the results indeed proved to be so: at press time, it had garnered only 15 of the 40 parliamentary seats it had contested in.
This is in contrast to its 82% success rate of 31 parliamentary and 76 state seats in the 2004 general election. (At press time, of the 90 state seats contested, the number won was not available.)
Speaking after his win at the Dewan Raya Bandar Putra in Kulai, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the party accepted and respected the peoples decision and would continue to fight for the rights of the community and country.
He added that a post-mortem would be carried out because the results "show the people have dissatisfactions.
I will discuss with the party leadership on the next course of action that will benefit all Malaysians in our multiracial society, Ong said.
He also urged MCA candidates with good track records not to be affected by their defeat and to carry on serving the community.
The following are the parliamentary seats won by MCA:
Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (Kulai)
Wee Kia Siong (Ayer Hitam)
Hou Kok Chung (Kluang)
Ling Ban San (Tebrau)
Tan Ah Eng (Gelang Patah)
Wee Jeck Seng (Tanjong Piai)
Chua Tee Yong (Labis)
Datuk Fong Chan Onn (Alor Gajah)
Datuk Ong Tee Keat (Pandan)
Datuk Kong Cho Ha (Lumut)
Datuk Ong Ka Chuan (Tanjung Malim)
Datuk Lee Chee Leong (Kampar)
Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen (Raub)
Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (Bentong)
Datuk Chor Chee Heong (Alor Setar)