Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chua wants more details on campaign incident

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek wants to hear both sides of the story of the incident involving Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement.

As of now, he said, the need to apologise does not arise.

He said he would listen to the views from Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Min ister Heng Seai Kie and the Gua Musang division secretary and not depend on what people said or what he had read.

“I need to get more details from Heng and the division secretary to get a clearer picture,” he told reporters at the 2nd World Chinese Econ omic Forum here yesterday.

He said the Teoh Beng Hock issue had been used by a certain political party as a tool to attack the Govern ment.

“The fact that a political party has stooped so low to use this unfortunate incident as political capital, I would say is unfortunate.

“In politics, there must be some ethics, but this issue has been used to distract voters,” he added.

He said the issue had been politicised because if the movement wanted to lobby for support from the MCA, they need not wait until a by-election to do so.

Last Saturday, members of the movement were said to be involved in an incident during a campaign event attended by Heng. Four people were arrested, although they were soon released on police bail.

In Gua Musang, MCA vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the party was confident of gaining 50% of Chinese voters’ support for Barisan Nasional.

Feedback from Chinese voters in this by-election was more encouraging than the support shown during the 2008 general election, he said.

“The response from the voters has been very positive and they told me they would give Barisan a chance this time,” he said after a visit to Kampung Baru Gua Musang yesterday.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai also agreed on Chinese support for Barisan.

“The villagers have long been dissatisfied with the PAS government’s handling of the land lease extension issues,” he said.

THE STAR (Wednesday November 3, 2010)

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