Date of publication: Oct 29, 2013
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 008
Byline / Author: By Adib Povera
YAN: MCA is upbeat about increasing support for Barisan Nasional from Chinese voters in Sungai Limau.
Its vice-president, Gan Ping Sieu, said MCA's election machinery sensed a wind of change among Chinese constituents in Sungai Limau, compared with the May 5 general election.
"Our assessment showed that during the last general election, the Chinese vote (for Barisan Nasional) was fairly low because of the opposition's "ubah" (change) campaign," said Gan, who added that based on reports from the party's grassroots, MCA is confident that it can increase Chinese votes in the constituency.
"I have faith that the Chinese will vote for what is best for their future and the future of the nation," Gan said during his visit to the party's election operation centre in Simpang Tiga here yesterday.
He said although DAP secured a big win in the last election, the Chinese community had seen the cracks in the opposition coalition over the past six months.
Gan also came to the defence of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was attacked by the opposition over the latter's explanation on the subsidy cut for sugar.
He said Muhyiddin had no intention of being disrespectful to former Sungai Limau assemblyman Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak.
"This is just political rhetoric, and it is really unfair to the deputy prime minister.
"I believe that the deputy prime minister had no intention to show disrespect to Azizan or any other political leaders."
Gan also took a swipe at the opposition for exploiting and orchestrating lies on the Goods and Service Tax system to score political mileage.
"It is not true that the government will make more money following the inception of GST or make the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.
"This is just a pack of lies. The GST has been implemented in all developed nations and many Asian countries, including Indonesia and Thailand, whose per capita income is lower compared with Malaysia.
"We must understand that the GST is not being levied on six major sectors, including basic necessities.
"It is a more equitable taxation mechanism compared with the existing tax system."