BANGI: Umno Supreme Council member Ahmad Maslan yesterday rallied support for MCA’s Balakong candidate, three days before polling day on Sept 8.
Ahmad, who is one of the few top Umno leaders to have appeared in Tan Chee Teong’s by-election campaign so far, urged the voters to give their support to Tan.
“I hope you can support Ah Tan. Or Ah Teong. Our candidate’s name is Tan Chee Teong. Can you support Ah Tan? Can you support Ah Teong?” he said at a ceramah at the Desa Baiduri football field last night.
Calling on the voters to give Tan a chance, he added that nothing was impossible in politics.
“I know the late Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng won the seat in the last general election with a big majority. But again I say, nothing is impossible in politics because the people can have a change of mind.
“We hope that they’ll do that in Balakong, so that Tan can be one of the opposition members in the Selangor state assembly.
“This will be good for the people,” he added. “A strong opposition is good for the people as the state government of the day cannot then keep mum.
“On the other hand, a weak opposition would mean that the state government can do whatever it likes, and when they cannot fulfil their promises, in the end the people will suffer.”
Also present last night were MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, MCA religious harmony bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker and Ahmad’s fellow party member, Mahdzir Khalid.
The Pontian MP urged Balakong voters to come out in full force on Saturday, to avoid a situation like the Sungai Kandis by-election which saw a poor turnout of 49%.
“I wish to see a turnout of at least 70% for Balakong and Seri Setia. Otherwise, this is not a good democracy.
“In Sungai Kandis, the Pakatan Harapan candidate’s win only carried 30% of the voice of voters. It is the voice of the minority. I do not want that to happen in Seri Setia and Balakong.
“Voters need to come out and vote. We need a strong democracy in Seri Setia and Balakong,” he said.
The former deputy minister also expressed hope that MCA’s decision to use its own logo for the by-election would yield positive results.
“It is an experiment. For instance, we experimented with PAS giving way to Umno in Sungai Kandis, and Umno giving way to PAS in Seri Setia.
“By not using the Barisan Nasional (BN) logo, it is an experiment as well. Because politics is dynamic, and dynamism needs experimentation.
“I hope this experiment will yield the desired results. We wait for Saturday night (when the by-election results are announced),” he added.
Polling day for both the Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections falls on Saturday. Campaigning entered its 19th day yesterday.
The Seri Setia seat fell vacant after its assemblyman, Shaharuddin Badaruddin, died of colon cancer on Aug 2.
In the May 9 general election, Shaharuddin garnered 29,250 votes to win the Seri Setia seat.
The Balakong by-election meanwhile was triggered after its incumbent Ng was killed in an accident on July 20. In the May 9 polls, Ng retained the seat with 41,768 votes.