PETALING JAYA: The MCA thanked Chinese voters for their solid support for Barisan Nasional in the by-election in Galas and Batu Sapi.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the results had been very obvious, especially in Galas, where there was a noticeable swing of Chinese support to the Barisan.
The are 2,317 Chinese voters in the Galas state seat, or 20.06% of the 11,553 voters. Dr Chua said Barisan had won by some 200 vote- majority in the four voting streams (saluran undi) with Chinese voters in Galas, compared to losing 400 votes in the last general election in 2008.
“There is an increase of between 40% and 60% of Chinese support this round,” Dr Chua said.
Barisan won Galas with a 1,190 majority on Thursday. PAS won the seat in the last general election.
The MCA president said the solid Chinese support showed the community had realised the importance of supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and programes like the Economic Transformation Programme and 1Malaysia policy under his leadership.
The Chinese had also taken note of a more united and stable MCA; a party working and serving the people as a team, and one that was worthy of their trust and support, he added.
Dr Chua, who had been in Galas for four days during the campaign period, said he had taken note of all the problems in the area, and would resolve them as agreed in principle.
“The people are very friendly, willing to talk about their problems and aspirations, and also listened attentively,” said Dr Chua when asked whether there was any indication of the Chinese swing to the Barisan during the campaign period.
He said the entire team in MCA also made sure the voters made informed decisions; from distributing adequate publicity materials to meeting as many voters as possible to provide them with more indepth explanations on matters affecting them. “We do this in small gatherings in Galas, as well as Batu Sapi,” he said.
Dr Chua said the two by-elections, were the first two since the last general election, where there was an obvious increase in support from the Chinese.
He also noted that there was increasing awareness among the people that the Opposition was good in making promises but not delivery.
Meanwhile, MCA vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the people’s support for the Barisan in Galas and Batu Sapi showed that they were confident that the coalition would be able to bring development to them, and also solved their problems.
Chor, also Alor Star MP and Housing and Local Government Minister, said the more serious floods which affected more areas in Kedah currently had also shown that the Pakatan state government had not been able to handle the problems affecting the people in an effective manner.
THE STAR ( Friday November 5, 2010 )