BENTONG: MCA has identified a local as the potential candidate to contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat for the 14th general election (GE14), says MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.
The seat is now held by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
Liow said the candidate was well received and liked by residents and has been instructed to start work at the grassroots level.
“We have identified the candidate and have begun work. But we will leave it to the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) to make the final decision,” he told reporters after opening the Empower East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Centre Bentong-Sabai here, today.
Liow, who is also transport minister, said this when asked to comment on a statement by Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin that the Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) had agreed to field a MCA candidate to contest the seat.
In the 13th general election in 2013, Lim beat former Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman by a 14,762-vote majority.
Speaking about the DAP, Liow said, “People know that DAP does not provide any services. They only know how to talk.
“People can see that only BN has core values such as solidarity and cohesion that enable it to provide the promised service, including in Gelang Patah.”
Liow said MCA would be screening potential candidates before submitting their names to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to ensure the candidates were clean and accountable.
“It is crucial to have clean candidates to gain public trust,” he said adding that MCA welcomed the initiative taken by the MACC to screen all GE14 candidates.