PETALING JAYA: MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan said he is trying his best to calm down his supporters who are disappointed that he was dropped as a candidate in the coming polls.
Likening his supporters to “brothers and sisters”, the former second international trade and industry minister said they could not accept the fact that their relationship — which he had built since he won the Tanjung Malim parliamentary seat in 2008 — was about to “end abruptly”.
“I am trying very hard to control their emotions. I need to emphasise that this isn’t a political manoeuvre. I will try to persuade them to calm down and support BN in GE14,” he told FMT.
Ong was asked to comment on a group of 500 supporters from Tanjung Malim who turned up in front of the Prime Minister’s Office earlier today to protest the Barisan Nasional’s decision to leave him out of the running.
Ong said he was saddened by the situation as he had openly stated that he had accepted the fact he would not be standing in the polls.
“However, the action of the group of supporters who went to Putrajaya to show their disappointment is beyond my control.”
Perak MCA chairman Dr Mah Hang Soon was named as Ong’s replacement for the seat.