Tanjung Piai by-election
Picture for representational purposes only PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK MalaysiaGazette / 01 MARCH 2019

PONTIAN – The reduction of support from the Chinese voters from 90 percent to 70 percent may cause Pakatan Harapan (PH) to lose its parliamentary seat in the coming Tanjung Piai by-election.

Pekan Nanas state assemblyman Yeo Tung Siong said, the PH needs to obtain at least 40 percent of the Malay votes and about 70 percent of the Chinese votes if they want to maintain their position in Tanjung Piai.

During the previous 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018, 57.12 percent of the voters in Tanjung Piai were Malays while 41.74 percent of them were Chinese. The Indians stood at 1.03 percent at the area. The Malay voters in that area have increased in the latest voters list.

According to a report by Sinchew Daily, Tung Siang said, the PH government needs to admit that the party has its flaws and needs to reflect on its weaknesses if they lose in this by-election.

He said, if PH loses Tanjung Piai, it could be that the party has failed the standards required by the people. They shouldn’t be blaming religion or racial factors if they lose.

He also said that if UMNO wins in Tanjung Piai, they should not mistaken it as the success of the UMNO-PAS alliance.

Tung Siong said, he wished to see Bersatu fighting against MCA once again in Tanjung Piai to avoid the ‘misunderstandings’ that could happen.

“If DAP replaces Bersatu in Tanjung Piai, it would be misunderstood as DAP overpowering the PH.

“If UMNO wins in Tanjung Piai, it would also be misunderstood that the UMNO and PAS alliance has gained the support of the Chinese community,” he emphasized that the ‘misunderstandings’ could give a deep impact towards the national political situation.

Meanwhile, the State Assemblyman of Kukup, Datuk Md. Othman Yusof said, UMNO should compete in the Tanjung Piai by-election to increase the winning chances for Barisan Nasional (BN).

“The political situation has changed with the UMNO and PAS alliance. The voters not only look at the party but also the candidate,” he said.

On the suggestion for the former Tanjung Piai Member of Parliament Wee Jeck Seng to compete as an independent candidate, Md. Othman said that UMNO remains confident in winning the by-election despite it would be a three-cornered contest. -MalaysiaGazette

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