MCA Alor Star division chief Datuk Chong Itt Chew says the party is rebuilding itself and had learnt lessons from losing the Alor Star parliamentary and Kota Darul Aman state seats in the previous general election five years ago.

ALOR STAR: MCA is determined to bounce back and recapture the Alor Star parliamentary and Kota Darul Aman state seats in the 14th general election.

Its division chief Datuk Chong Itt Chew said the party was rebuilding itself and had learnt lessons from losing the two seats in the previous general election five years ago.

He said MCA had been going to the ground to meet its’ members and listen to the voters’ wishes for the constituencies.

“In Alor Star parliamentary constituency we have 6,500 members and for the past two years we were able to track down more than half of them.

“We believe that we can reach 80 per cent of our members here and secure the votes for MCA and Barisan Nasional,” he said.

Chong said MCA was also working closely with other BN component parties to reach out to grassroots supporters in the constituency.

According to the former Kota Darul Aman assemblyman, voters in the constituency had given positive feedback towards the party.

“Most of the voters here know that the elected representative for the Alor Star parliamentary seat seldom comes down to meet the people as he lives in Penang.

“The voters can see for themselves that the elected representative failed to address issues raised by them.

“In fact, they still seek our assistance and come to our service centre for help,” he said.

Chong said the nomination of MCA organising secretary Datuk Yoo Wei How as candidate for Alor Star parliamentary constituency and Alor Star MCA division deputy chairman Tan Eng Hwa as candidate for Kota Darul Aman state seat, would rejuvenate MCA to wrest back the seats.

He said besides being locals, the two were also actively involved in activities at grassroots level.

“We admit that our performance in the last general election was not good but the voters perception towards us has gradually improved,” he said.

In the 13th general election, MCA faced a four-cornered fight with DAP and two independent candidates in Kota Darul Aman. DAP retained the seat with a majority of 2,626 votes.

Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung had lost the battle to retain the Alor Star parliamentary seat after losing to PKR’s Gooi Hsiao Leong, also in a four-cornered fight, with 1,873 majority votes.

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