Teluk Intan – Barisan Nasional’s Teluk Intan by-election Datuk Mah Siew Keong is confident of the coalition’s chances of winning the contest if its component parties worked together.
The Gerakan president said there were reports in the last general election that BN operations centres were shut down, contributing to the loss.
Mah lost to DAP’s Seah Leong Peng last year after garnering only 20,086 votes compared with the latter’s 27,399.
The former Deputy Minister also said there was an air of optimism that BN could snatch the constituency from the Opposition this time, despite having lost the seat it in the 13th General Election.
The seat fell vacant after Seah succumbed to cancer on May 1.
Despite the loss, Mah said BN had not stopped serving the constituency, something which he claimed the people were aware of.
“They have seen us working. But we can’t be over-confident,” he told reporters after giving a ceramah at Tadika Seri Pasti Jaya this evening.
Also present was Gerakan Wanita chief Datuk Seri Tan Lian Hoe.
Mah went on to refute criticism of him being a recycled candidate, stressing that he was still young and a local who “wanted to help Teluk Intan”.
This is the fifth time he is being fielded as a candidate for Teluk Intan. He won the seat in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004.
Tan told The Rakyat Post that even Opposition leaders were recycled candidates. “They recycle more than us. Teluk Intan wants Mah back,” she declared.