8 September 2018
PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s Halimey Abu Bakar has won the Seri Setia state seat with a reduced majority, clinching its second by-election win after Sungai Kandis.
Unofficial results at 7.30pm show that the former Petaling Jaya City Councillor has won with 12,690 votes, while PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali received 8,890 votes.
GE 14 RESULTS
Ng Tien Chee (PH – DAP) 67.7% (41,768)
Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali (PAS) 10.1% (6,230)
Lim Chin Wah (BN – MCA) 9.5% (5,874)
Malay 29.25%; Chinese 61.07%; Indian 8.79%; B/P Sabah 0.24%; B/P Sarawak 0.15%; Orang Asli (Pen. Msia) 0.01%; Others 0.49%
7 September 2018
BALAKONG POLLS | BN chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today stumped for MCA in the Balakong by-election campaign but did not appear to have high hopes, saying he aims instead to reduce Pakatan Harapan’s majority.
“In this Balakong by-election, it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. What is important for us is if we are able to reduce the Harapan candidate’s majority.
“It would be a moral victory,” he said during a visit to MCA’s operations centre in Balakong.
Zahid, who is BN chairperson, added that MCA had his blessing to contest under its own logo for the by-election.
He described MCA as a “loyal friend” and revealed that BN was still surviving as a coalition.
The three questions uppermost in Malaysian minds are:
Firstly, why PAS wants to help the MCA in the Balakong by-election.
During the May 9 general election, the winning candidate from DAP and Pakatan Harapan Eddie Ng polled 41,768 votes while the PAS candidate polled 6,230 votes and the MCA candidate polled 5,874.
What is most noteworthy is that the PAS candidate got more votes than the MCA candidate, although both lost their deposits.
Is the MCA candidate fighting to retain his deposit in the by-election?
But the most pertinent question is why the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang should be worried that the MCA candidate might lose his deposit in the by-election without PAS help, to the extent of ordering his “big guns” like the PAS Secretary-General to campaign for the MCA in the by-election?
Is this the sign of an MCA/UMNO/PAS unholy alliance shaping up in post-14GE Malaysian politics?
Secondly, why is MCA getting help from UMNO leaders who are declaring that after the 14GE, the Malays have lost political power, that the DAP is the enemy of the Malays and Islam and that DAP wanted to abolish the Malay Sultans and set up a republic – taking the irresponsible and dangerous politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies to an even more extreme extent than before the last general elections?
Does MCA leaders agree with the lies and falsehoods being churned out the by the UMNO leaders? Dare MCA leaders tell to the UMNO leaders to stop telling lies or to ban them from MCA ceramahs in the Balakong by-election?
How can MCA leaders seek the help of these UMNO leaders who are claiming that the Malays have lost political power and yet at the same time accuse the DAP of selling out the rights and interests of the Malaysian Chinese?
Thirdly, why is MCA so desperate that it has to seek help from PAS to avoid losing deposit in the Balakong by-election?
Apart from the first three MCA Presidents, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu and Tun Tan Siew Sin, who are turning in their graves at the MCA/UMNO/PAS unholy alliance, there are six other MCA Presidents who are still living and in our midst.
Do they endorse the MCA President, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in striking the MCA/UMNO/PAS unholy alliance in the Balakong by-election?
It will be interesting to hear from these still-living former MCA Presidents.
(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 6th Sept. 2018)
23 August 2018
Come Sept 8, MCA’s dream is to strike “1+3” said MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, but he is not referring to the number betting game.
At a ceramah yesterday, Wee told Balakong folks that his party currently has one MP and two state lawmakers, or “1+2” for short.
“We have one ‘star’ in Parliament. Another two in state legislatures. Our hope is you will allow us to achieve our dream of ‘1+3’.
“Last time (we were referred to as) 7-11. Now (the goal is) ‘1+3’. So, to achieve ‘1+3’, our journey starts from Balakong,” he said.
The “7-11” was in reference to the party’s haul of seven parliamentary seats and 11 state seats in the 2013 elections while “1+3” is also a common reference to a betting game offered by Damacai.
Wee, who is not one known for making self-deprecating jokes, told his audience that he was not encouraging gambling.
“Don’t misunderstand. (Finance Minister) Lim Guan Eng said lottery tickets will be subjected to six percent (SST) soon. You will have to pay.
“So that’s why I’m here today. On Sept 8, vote for (MCA candidate) Tan Chee Teong… Let him win. Let him enter the (Selangor) legislature through the front door,” he said.
MCA will use its own logo, a Star. A faded star?
It does look like a durian, doesn’t it?
18 August 2018
17 August 2018
RAWANG: Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari says DAP is wise to field Wong Siew Ki as the candidate for the Balakong by-election as she is a ‘grassroots’ leader.
“DAP leaders have chosen their best candidate to make sure we (Pakatan) can retain the seat and maintain the super-majority in Selangor,” he said after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Selgate Rawang Hospital near here on Friday (Aug 17).
The private hospital is the first of 10 such facilities in the state, and is expected to be completed by December 2019 at a total cost of RM130mil.
Amirudin said he believed Wong had good connection with the grassroots.
“She has worked for (Seri Kembangan assemblyman) Ean Yong Hian Wah as an assistant and as a councillor.
“She has has a lot of experience serving the people.
“I believe it’s a wise decision by the DAP, and Pakatan will work very hard to retain the seat,” he said.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/17/sgor-mb-grassroots-leader-wong-siew-ki-a-good-choice-for-balakong/#G3eoODZxSKBfKeAD.99
16 August 2018
11 August 2018
MCA President Liow Tiong Lai has said his party is open to working with all opposition parties, including PAS, in the Balakong by-election.
“We will work with every party regardless of which component (they are part of).
“The most important ting is they are an opposition party,” he said at a press conference after launching the party’s operation room in Balakong today.
“The opposition pact has to work together to fight the government, because the government has not fulfilled many promises,” he claimed.
When asked if he was open to working with PAS, he said MCA was open to working with anyone as long as they were on the same page.
“(We will work with) anybody who has the same agenda, any party that has the agenda to check and balance the government,” he said.
Admitting the party was an underdog in the Sept 8 by-election, he urged voters to “give MCA a chance” to have a voice in the Selangor legislative assembly.
In Balakong, MCA to ditch BN logo
MCA president says the decision is part of the party’s reforms.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA said it was abandoning the Barisan Nasional (BN) logo at the upcoming Balakong by-election in Selangor for the party’s blue-and-yellow “star” logo, saying it was part of “internal reforms” following its weak performance in the recent general election.
“We have heard the voices of the public and we agree that the party needs internal reforms. The decision to use the MCA’s logo is part of the many reforms that will take place in the near future,” said MCA president Liow Tiong Lai after chairing a meeting with top party leaders today.
“We have to focus on our internal reforms before we can talk about the BN coalition,” he said.