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Wednesday March 12, 2008

Ho all set to rejoin MCA

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Although he won the Tanah Rata state seat as an independent, Ho Yip Kap's heart has always been with MCA.

Ho, who is set to rejoin the MCA once a formal invitation is extended to him, said his first choice was still the party.

“So far, I have received telephone calls from MCA and Gerakan informing me that their doors were open for me.

“If I were to choose between the two parties, I will rejoin MCA so that I can serve my constituents better.

“The idea of joining the Opposition particularly the DAP did not cross my mind as I would not be able to safeguard the interests of my voters especially farmers,” he told The Star in an interview.

Ho won the Tanah Rata seat in a three-way fight with a majority of 575 votes, defeating Barisan Nasional’s Chai Kok Lim and DAP’s Go Mong Nging.

He polled 3,926 votes against Chai’s 3,351 and Go’s 2,043. There were 409 spoilt votes.

Ho opined that MCA was his top choice as the party was well structured in Cameron Highlands with at least 10 branches.

“I know some voters will be angry with me but there will be many happy ones, too.

“At the end of the day, my priority is how well I can service my constituents,” he said, adding that the ruling coalition was still the best platform to resolve pressing problems as he would be sitting in decision-making bodies.

Ho said he joined the MCA in 2003 and would like to return to help restructure the party in the aftermath of the disastrous general election results.

In Kuantan, the Pahang MCA attributed its success in retaining six out of the eight state seats it contested to “credible and hardworking” candidates.

“I am thankful to the voters for voting us back in and will continue our work to serve and safeguard their interests,” state chief Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said.

Hoh, the incumbent for Bilut, defeated Tam Tai San of the DAP with a majority of 1,108 votes.