SEREMBAN: MCA has commended the state Pakatan Harapan for holding the first election in a Chinese New Village post-GE14, but slammed DAP for dominating the contest.State MCA chief Siow Koi Voon said DAP, led by Seremban MP and Transport Minister Anthony Loke, made frequent visits to the Paroi Chinese New Village to secure support for the party’s candidate.
“We were initially happy when the state government announced the move to hold an election at the new village as an experiment and with no involvement of political parties.
“But after the nomination closed, we realised that political parties were also involved and it was actually a contest between two political parties,” he told reporters.
In yesterday’s contest, DAP-backed candidate Chong Hoong Ming, a mechanic, comfortably defeated Farm Li Ping, 49, who works at the state Gerakan office here to win the village headman post.
Chong, who was born and bred in the village, received 226 votes while Farm, who moved in after her marriage, got 113.
A total 339 ballots were cast in the election held at the new village community hall from 9am to 3pm.
Voter turnout was only 41.39%.
Siow claimed that DAP leaders made frequent visits to the new village as they were afraid of losing the post.
“We in MCA are obviously disappointed to see the involvement of big guns in an election to elect a village leader,” he said.
Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan DAP vice-chairman Teo Kok Seong, who is state Urban Well-being, Housing, Local Government and New Villages Committee chairman, said it was normal for party leaders to turn up to support their candidates.
“The DAP leaders were here to show solidarity with our candidate. In fact, Loke also agreed to hand over RM30,000 to any candidate who won for small projects and other activities,” he said.
Teo said the election was held in a fair and just manner as the candidates were not allowed to have their party logo on the ballot paper.
“This is our first election and we will certainly do a post-mortem to rectify weaknesses,” he said.