7 Feb 2014

‘Wee Ka Siong should take on Anwar’

PETALING JAYA: MCA Deputy President Wee Ka Siong should offer himself up as BN’s candidate for the Kajang state seat, as he is the “most suitable” leader to challenge Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in the March 23 polls, social activist and philanthropist Robert Phang said.

“[Wee] is considered a heavy weight and national leader for MCA. When he was with the government, Wee had assisted to rebuild the Chinese Primary School in Kajang.

“Surely but truly, he will stand a better chance to win from the residents in Kajang,” the Social Care Foundation Chairman said in a statement today.

As Wee had proven his contributions towards Chinese education, Phang said the former deputy education minister only needed to secure more Chinese voters to support him.

Phang said that factor, coupled with the votebank of “Umno hardcore Malay”, would give Wee the upper hand over Anwar.

“Under these circumstances, Datuk Wee Ka Siong should offer himself to face Datuk Anwar Ibrahim’s challenge.

“If he does not come forward to this direction, it will be a great insult to MCA and Datuk Wee Ka Siong will only reflect as ‘no action but talk only leader’,” said Phang.

 He added that MCA was now a laughing stock after international badminton champion Lee Chong Wei’s name had been speculated to be MCA’s contender in the by-election.

“This is a goldern opportunity for Wee to prove that he is capable of leading the Chinese communities.

We hope that he will not easily forsake it.”

Talks are rife that MCA has shortlisted three names for the seat.

Two of the three are MCA vice-president Chew Mei Fun, who was formerly PJ Utara MP, and a deputy minister and party Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.

They are also calls from some quarters from Umno and MCA to nominate party president Liow Tiong Lai as the candidate.

At the same time, local Umno branches are asking for the seat to be given to an Umno candidate.

But the Hulu Langat MCA division only wants a candidate from Kajang to conest, and has submitted three names to the party, including the party’s defeated candidate in the 2013 general election.

The Kajang state seat fell vacant following the resignation of Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27.

The Election Commission has fixed March 23 as polling date and nomination on March 11.

The advance polling process will be held on March 19.

The state seat comprises 38,965 voters. At the last general election in May, 2013, the seat saw a voter turnout of 87.9% with 541 spoilt votes. It has 48% Malay voters, Chinese 41%, Indian 10% and others 1%.

In the 2013 general election, PKR’s Lee garnered 19,571 votes with a 6,824 majority. BN-MCA’s Lee Ban Seng received 12,747 votes and Mohamad Ismail (Berjasa) 1,014 votes.

The three independent candidates who contested the seat are Mohd Iwan Jefrey Abdul Majib (249 votes), Ong Yan Foo (85 votes) and Mohd Khalid Kassim (83 votes).

Source :  http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/02/07/%E2%80%98wee-ka-siong-should-take-on-anwar%E2%80%99/

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