BUKIT MERTAJAM: MCA has refuted claims that it is offering money to voters in an attempt to buy their support in the Permatang Pauh by-election.
State MCA chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said rumours were being spread by irresponsible parties to smear Barisan Nasional’s image.
“We have never offered money to anyone in the past. We won’t do it now and we won’t do it in the future.
“Such rumours were spread through SMS or WhatsApp and I urge voters not to believe them,” she said, adding that the party always conducted itself in a gentlemanly manner and never indulged in dirty politics.
She said MCA had identified 17 areas to focus its campaign, where it would share the Government’s vision and explain issues such as hudud and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“If we can gain an extra 7% or 8% of Chinese votes, this will mean recognition for the party by the people,” Chew said.
Permatang Pauh, she added, had been under the helm of PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s family for years and the constituency had been neglected.
“There are many areas where people still draw water from wells,” she said.
Speaking after launching the MCA war truck here, MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said Chinese voters in Permatang Pauh were quite friendly towards the party.
“The voters are not hostile like those in the last general election.
“We will work hard to translate that into votes on polling day,” he said.
Ong said the truck would be used to spread the message of moderation and address key issues such as hudud.
He added that hudud could have a big implication on the country’s Constitution and economy.
He later visited the Kampung Cross Street 2 polling district centre with Penang MCA deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng.
Tan, who is the chief coordinator for the village, said the place, which is better known as hu di (fish pond in Hokkien) and chai hui (vegetable farms) to the locals, had more than 2,000 voters, 80% of whom are Chinese.