Balakong by-election: MCA candidate votes at 9.15am

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BALAKONG (Sept 8): MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong cast his vote for the Balakong state by-election at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Batu 11, Cheras.

The local boy of Balakong was accompanied by his wife Connie Chin, 38, father Tan Kim Huar, 66, and mother Lee Saw Wan, 62, who also voted at the same polling centre.

Tan, who voted at 9.15 am at the sixth channel, looked calm and constantly smiled while he was at the polling centre.

“I am very happy and excited because for the first time I can see my name on the ballot paper,” he said.

Also present to take a closer look at the polling process at the polling centre was Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki.

Wong, who arrived at 9.30 am, also shook hands with Tan and other voters before leaving the venue at 9.50 am.

When met by reporters, Wong said he was satisfied with the smooth running of the polling process today.

“Just now I observed inside the ballot boxes, which had many ballot papers even though it is still morning and this is better than I expected,” he said.

In the by-election, Tan is facing Wong in a straight fight following the death of its incumbent Eddie Ng Tien Chie in a road accident on July 20.

In the 14th General Election, Ng defeated Barisan Nasional candidate Lim Chin Wah and Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali (PAS), with a majority of 35,538 votes.

M​​​​​​​eanwhile a ‘special’ voter with dwarfism also stole the limelight at the polling centre.

Shu Fang, 25, said she did not mind who would win in the by-election this time but hoped for a good government to be established.

“I hope the results of the by-election today will being a better life to the people of ​​​​​​​Balakong,” she said.