MCA president Wee Ka Siong has refuted claims of party members and supporters intending to boycott Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Suhaizan Kaiat in the parliamentary election for Pulai on Sept 9.
He said the party’s machinery would do its best to ensure that at least 70% of Chinese voters in the constitutency come out and vote, to ensure victory for the government representative.
"We are here today, and since last week, so what’s there to boycott. We have briefed our machinery and informed focus areas, that’s been done, we have camped and campaigned.
"I don’t know where these rumours come from. Let those who wish to gossip do so, we have no boycott at all on our end," he told reporters after a meeting with Suhaizan and Chinese community leaders at the MCA office in Johor Bahru yesterday.
The Ayer Hitam MP also said that the Chinese community had responded very positively towards Suhaizan as he was not a stranger.
"He has been the Johor state assembly speaker under three menteris besar. He’s no parachute candidate, but has served for a long time here.
"What’s important is that voters elect candidates from parties that can guarantee political stability. The challenge is to ensure that voters come out and cast their ballots," he said.
The Pulai parliamentary by-election will witness a three-cornered fight among Suhaizan, Perikatan Nasional candidate Zulkifli Jaafar and independent Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi.
Voting will take place on Sept 9, with early voting slated for Sept 5.