PONTIAN: The unanimous decision to let Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng represent Barisan Nasional in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election shows that the spirit of solidarity and unity remains strong among the component parties, says Johor MCA Youth.
Thanking the Barisan Nasional central leadership, as well as the state and Tanjung Piai Umno, its chief Ling Tian Soon said the harmonious relationship between component parties had been the basis of the formation of Barisan since independence.
"We will continue to encourage this in the Tanjung Piai by-election and even after that.
"Johor MCA Youth also assure that the opportunity will be put to good use to gain victory for BN's candidate, while also strengthening the voice of the opposition to guarantee that the check-and-balance principle remains in this country," he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 31).
He added that the by-election here was a good platform for the public to express their dissatisfaction with the Pakatan Harapan government for its failure to fulfil promises made during the last general election.
"In has been less than two years since the Pakatan Harapan took over the administrative role, but already the economy is worsening and racial issues have become more worrying.
"The people are fed up of hearing excuses from the Pakatan government for its failure to fulfil its election manifesto and for making 'U-turns' on new policies," he said.
He also said that the Tanjung Piai by-election would provide a new opportunity for MCA to prove that the party was still relevant and was capable of getting back support of the Chinese community for Barisan.
"This by-election is also an opportunity for non-Malays and Muslims to witness on their own the benefits of the collaboration between Umno-BN with PAS, compared with Pakatan Harapan," he said.
Ling hoped the people of Tanjung Piai would give Wee another change to represent them in Parliament.
The Tanjung Piai by-election is likely to be a three-cornered fight, after Barisan announced Wee as its candidate on Wednesday (Oct 30) night.
Pakatan has announced Karmaine Sardini from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), while Gerakan named Wendy Subramaniam as their respective candidates.
Tanjung Piai is a mixed seat with 53,528 registered voters comprising 57% Malays, 41.66% Chinese and 1% Indians.
The by-election was triggered after its MP Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, 42, died of heart complications on Sept 21.
The Election Commission has set Nov 2 as nomination day and Nov 16 as polling day.
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