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Candidates confident of regaining lost seats


SUBANG JAYA: Kelana Jaya candidate Loh Seng Kok, who is contesting under the MCA ticket, thanked Barisan Nasional and the party for giving him the confidence to win back the parliamentary seat which fell into the hands of PKR in March 2008.

Loh was a one-term Kelana Jaya MP in 2004.

"I will do my best to convince the people to vote for me and my team so that we can win back the Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat," said the 51-year-old, who is also MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman.

Loh will be facing PKR investment and trade bureau chief Wong Chen for the hot seat.

Back in 2008, PKR's Loh Gwo Burne won the seat with a 5,031 majority against MCA's Datuk Lee Hwa Beng.

Commenting on Wong, Loh said the latter was not a local and therefore his understanding of the issues there may be lacking.

Though residing in Puchong Jaya, Loh pointed out that he was familiar with Kelana Jaya as most of his social work and non-governmental organisation work and activities are based there.

Going to the areas such as Kelana Jaya, Subang Jaya and Seri Setia, is a daily affair for him, said Loh.

The people, he said, want a wakil rakyat who can respond to basic complaints.

"There has not been any significant development or improvement here.

"The opposition promised to build low-cost houses but that did not materialised, especially for people living in Desa Mentari," he said.

Meanwhile, Selangor MCA will be fielding veteran politician, Datuk Yap Pian Hon to contest in the Serdang parliamentary seat.

Yap has been serving residents in Serdang for the last 44 years.

"I want to thank MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for giving me a chance to contest," he said.

Yap, who joined the party when he was 26 back in 1969, said he was confident that MCA can reclaim the seat.

"Serdang is in a mess. We want the opposition to give us a report card on what they have done here. There has been no improvement in the area since 2008. The performance of the former Serdang MP was poor," claimed Yap.

Among the issues he wants to tackle are traffic congestion in Seri Kembangan and the socio-economic development issues in Serdang.

The 70-year-old, who held the seat previously for three terms, sat out of the 2008 general election to give way to another party member, Datuk Hoh Hee Lee.

However, Hoh lost the seat to DAP's Teo Nie Ching by a whooping majority of 21,025 votes.

Although no longer the elected representative, Yap continued to actively serve the people and his service centre remained open.

"The service centre was never closed to the public. The people of Serdang continue to seek assistance from me because they have known me for a long time as I am a local boy here. They trust that I will address their problems no matter how big or small.

"The people are close to my heart and I will continue to work for them," he said.

Loh Seng Kok (left) meets residents of Bandar Sunway at the Telugu New Year celebrations there. Pic by Surianie Mohd Hanif

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