Report: Liow not standing in MCA polls this year

PETALING JAYA: As MCA licks its wounds from its dismal performance in the 14th general election (GE14), reports have emerged that its president Liow Tiong Lai will not be standing in the party polls scheduled to be held this year.

MCA only managed to win one parliamentary seat at Wednesday’s polls, with its deputy president Wee Ka Siong narrowly defending his Ayer Hitam seat in Johor against state DAP chief Liew Chin Tong.

The party will be holding a post-mortem meeting with all central committee members at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur later today.

According to a tweet by radio station BFM, Liow had laid blame for the party’s performance on issues like the goods and services tax, the cost of living, Act 355 and split votes due to the presence of PAS candidates in the election.

He was reported earlier today as saying that MCA had accepted the people’s verdict in GE14. He also urged all party members to stay united and face any future challenges together.

The MCA president lost the contest for Bentong in a three-way fight, after having served the parliamentary constituency for four terms.

He obtained 23,684 votes but lost by 2,032 to DAP’s Wong Tack who got 25,716. PAS’ N Balasubramaniam obtained 5,706 votes.

Other major casualties from MCA included former deputy ministers Chong Sin Woon and Chua Tee Yong.