BANGI: MCA’s Balakong by-election candidate Tan Chee Teong has called on Pakatan Harapan (PH) to move beyond its victory in the May 9 polls and work to solve the people’s problems instead of politicking.
Speaking to FMT, he said this applied equally to both PH and Barisan Nasional.
“To me, when it comes to the people, politicians need to take off their party shirts and start doing work.
“What matters more is who cares for the people, not who is more well known. We should work together regardless of what shirt we wear. We should build a better future for our children.
“How long more does PH want to boast about its win in the general election? ‘Ubah’ (change) is done. It is useless to keep talking about politics,” he said.
Tan is contesting the Balakong state seat against PH’s Wong Siew Ki, 32, who is a former Subang Jaya Municipal Council member.
The seat fell vacant following the death of DAP assemblyman Eddie Ng in a car crash last month. Ng won the seat in the 14th general election (GE14) with 41,768 votes against MCA’s Lim Chee Wah (5,874 votes) and PAS’ Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali (6,230 votes).
Tan said those who led political parties needed to meet with the people to understand the problems they faced.
As a self-taught businessman, Tan in the past took up renovation jobs in Balakong and has also studied how to tackle flood problems. He hopes to contribute in these ways if he wins the by-election.
“You cannot sit in your office and search for a problem using Google Maps. These people, they are the ones who live in these areas, they are the ones who are facing problems. You need to meet them to find out for yourself,” he said.
Asked why certain issues, including flooding in Sungai Chua, had not yet been addressed, Tan said previous state assemblymen had either been unable to solve these problems or were too involved in certain “political agendas”.
“Before GE14, Sungai Chua was under Kajang. After the redelineation exercise, Sungai Chua is under Balakong. This river problem in Taman Seri Kota was something which the former state assemblyman and Kajang Municipal Council should have solved.
“First it was Lee Chin Chieh, but he was unable to find the best way to solve certain problems. Then, Wan Azizah took over,” he said, referring to Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. “But what was the purpose of Wan Azizah taking over?”
One of Tan’s campaign promises is to improve the drainage system in the Balakong constituency, especially Sungai Chua.
Asked if he would win, he said: “I’m not sure. But if I win, I want to be a constructive opposition. I don’t want to fight all the time.
“If I lose, I want to be able to at least list out all the problems Balakong is facing in these 21 days. If the PH candidate wins, they should solve all the problems I have listed out.”