KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh from being sworn in as MP for Tanjung Piai this morning, MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng accused Pakatan Harapan (PH) of resorting to dirty tactics during the by-election on Saturday.
Jeck Seng, who recaptured the seat he lost in the 14th general election (GE14) last year, said several voters who went to the polling stations found that their names had already been registered by other people.
“This whole time, the PH government has stressed that it is clean and fair,” he said in a press conference at Parliament.
“This is a serious matter which did not happen in GE14 but happened unexpectedly in Tanjung Piai.”
He also urged PH to fulfil its manifesto promises, especially those concerning fishermen and those who run fish farms.
“The government must emphasise and solve their problems,” he said, adding that he would bring up these issues in Parliament.
MCA president Wee Ka Siong said the party would not take its victory for granted.
“We will not be complacent,” he added. “We still have to strategise and improve if there are any problems.”
He said a post-mortem would be conducted to determine the party’s scope for improvement, as well as an analysis on why the people appeared disappointed with PH’s performance.
“It’s not the end of PH,” he said. “They still have another three and a half years to continue their term, so please fulfil your promises.”
Jeck Seng won the by-election by over 15,000 votes in a six-cornered contest against PH’s Karmaine Sardini, Wendy Subramaniam (Gerakan), Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz (Berjasa) and independents Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar and Ang Chuan Lock.
Tanjung Piai is a mixed seat with 53,528 registered voters comprising 57% Malays, 41.66% Chinese and 1% Indians.
BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called the by-election victory a small-scale referendum against the PH government.
“It shows that PH has been rejected by Tanjung Piai voters, and this is a manifestation of the rejection as a whole,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
He added that young voters of all races had supported Jeck Seng, not just those from the Chinese community.
“I see that as a whole, Chinese voters switched back to BN in Tanjung Piai. From 93 voting channels, BN only lost one,” he said.
He also noted the high voter turnout of 74%, saying it showed the people’s commitment to returning the mandate to the BN candidate.
He said he supported the call by opposition leader Ismail Sabri Yaakob for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to dissolve Parliament but that it was up to Mahathir to decide.
“To us, what happened at Tanjung Piai was a signal which should be understood clearly.”
However, he added that the opposition would not initiate a vote of no confidence.