KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Jan 2009: The MCA will not take the trust from Chinese Malaysian voters lightly following their increased support for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Kuala Terengganu by-election, said MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat tonight.
“I was told that Chinese support for BN had actually increased compared with the last general election,” he said in his blog, www.ongteekeat.net.
“Despite the unfavourable result, I would like to thank the Chinese voters for staying with MCA during this difficult time,” he added.
In the by-election, Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut of PAS won by a majority of 2,631 votes after garnering 32,883 votes against BN’s Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh’s 30,252 votes.
Ong said the people had, through the ballot, demonstrated that “aspirations of yesterday can be different from today or even tomorrow.”
“We are now even more determined to work harder to serve the people the way they want to be served. We can no longer think we know better,” he stressed.
The MCA chief said the outcome of the by-election would “strengthen our courage to change and accept that what we strive for the nation may not totally reflect what the people want.”
He said there were differences as well as common ground and BN must learn and appreciate better these differences “for us to shape a better tomorrow.” — Bernama