KKB by-election: Umno veep urges MCA, MIC to reconsider decision not to campaign

PETALING JAYA: The decision by MCA and MIC to sit out the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election campaign if Barisan Nasional does not field a candidate must be reconsidered, says Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

The Umno vice-president said that although he respected their decision, as a partner in the unity government, they must accept any decision on who is suitable to stand as candidate in the by-election that has been scheduled for May 11.

"In celebrating the more mature politics especially after GE15 (15th General Election), component parties of Barisan Nasional, including Umno, should embrace this change as we have collectively agreed to form the unity government," he said in a statement Sunday (April 22).

He said the formula of cooperation has provided the coalition with better opportunities, as seen in the victories that Barisan achieved in the Pelangai and Tioman by-elections.

"I hope MIC and MCA will reconsider their decision so that the unity government pact will ensure a win for the coalition and the seat remains under the ruling government, which is the core of stability and prosperity for the country at this time," the Pahang Mentri Besar said.

MCA and MIC had earlier said they would not campaign in the upcoming Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election if the unity coalition did not field a candidate from Barisan Nasional (BN).

On April 4, the Election Commission had set the date for Nomination Day and early voting for the by-election on April 27 and May 7, respectively.

The Kuala Kubu Baharu state seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Lee Kee Hiong, 58, on March 21.

The electoral roll for the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election has 40,226 people, comprising 39,362 normal voters, 625 policemen, 238 Armed Forces personnel and spouses.

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