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HomeMalaysia NewsMCA Commits to Ensuring 70% Voter Turnout in Upcoming By-elections, Rejects Boycott...

MCA Commits to Ensuring 70% Voter Turnout in Upcoming By-elections, Rejects Boycott Claims

MCA’s President, Wee Ka Siong, has affirmed the party’s dedication to helping both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) secure a minimum voter turnout of 70% in the forthcoming Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections scheduled for the following Saturday. In response to claims of boycotting PH candidate Suhaizan Kaiat, Wee clarified that there is no such boycott, asserting that MCA members are actively participating in the campaign. He emphasized that those suggesting a boycott were “not right in the head.”

Wee disclosed that Johor MCA Youth chief Ling Tian Soon, who is also an assemblyman for Yong Peng, has been on the ground, leading the party’s campaign machinery for Suhaizan.

This commitment by MCA comes following DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok’s call for the party’s support in the campaigns for both PH and BN. Kok had previously criticized MCA for a lack of enthusiasm and teamwork while campaigning for BN candidates in the state elections in August.

Last month, Wee had stated that MCA would exclusively campaign for BN candidates and would not support DAP, its historical rival. However, he contended that MCA’s support for Umno indirectly contributes to DAP, as it aims to strengthen the unity government’s position in the elections.

The Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections, featuring candidates from BN, PH, and two independents, will be held on September 9. These vacancies arose following the passing of Salahuddin Ayub of Amanah, who held both seats.

Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed his hope that Chinese voters would support Suhaizan in the same manner they did for Salahuddin in the past. He cited Suhaizan’s prior role as Salahuddin’s political secretary as a reason for deserving the community’s backing. Chinese voters constitute 40% of the 166,000 registered voters in the Pulai constituency.