PETALING JAYA: MCA is pinning its hopes on Dr Hou Kok Chung to win Johor’s Tebrau parliamentary seat in the next general election (GE14), but DAP says there is slim chance of that happening.
MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong said Hou, a senator and vice-president of the party, would be able to retain Tebrau for Barisan Nasional (BN).
The seat is currently held by MCA’s Khoo Soo Seang, who is not seeking re-election.
Khoo defeated PKR’s Choong Shiau Yoon with a 1,767 vote majority in the last general election, smaller than MCA’s 14,000-majority in 2008.
Tebrau is one of the four parliamentary seats the MCA won in Johor in GE13.
Wee who is Johor MCA chairman said Tebrau has traditionally been an MCA seat, and believes the status quo will remain in GE14.
In 2013, Hou contested in Kluang but lost to the DAP’s Liew Chin Tong, losing by 7,359 votes.
Meanwhile, Liew said any MCA victory would largely depend on Malay voters.
He told FMT that MCA in Johor was largely dependent on Malay voters.
Some 47% of Tebrau voters are Malay.
“A small swing among Malay voters will mean him losing the seat. Although, the picture will be clearer based on whether there will be a national swing among Malay voters,” he added.
Liew said Hou “is a nice man, full stop”, adding, “Not much track record to speak of”.
Tebrau had in recent years experienced a spurt of development with property developer Plenitude Bhd undertaking what it called the “Petaling Jaya of Johor”. After the opening of giant retailers Jusco and Tesco, the constituency saw its latest addition to development, Southeast Asia’s largest IKEA, opening last November.