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'Conniving attempt to unseat sole Chinese opposition MP'

Wee Ka Siong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

MP SPEAKS | The Straits Times reported that about 95 percent of Chinese voters chose Pakatan Harapan in the past GE whilst BN only managed to secure five percent.

I'm taking this Raya break to compile relevant data and statistics available to the candidates of Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency for analysis purposes.

This will henceforth stop those trying hard to discredit me whilst insulting the choice of my constituents by alleging instances of phantom votes.

There are two state seats under the Ayer Hitam constituency, namely Yong Peng and Semarang.

The final tally by the Election Commission (EC) showed that a total of 39,485 ballot papers were issued for both seats; 21,113 for Yong Peng and 18,372 for Semarang.

The total number of ballot papers cast was 39,393; meaning 92 ballot papers were issued but not cast.

This is similar to Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat as a whole whereby a total of 39,474 ballot papers were issued with only 39,380 cast, leaving 94 ballot papers issued but not cast.

As for the spoilt votes, the two state seats combined saw 542 spoilt votes whilst 556 for Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat, a mere difference of 14 votes between the two.

It is not difficult to see that the ballot papers tally for the state seats corresponds with the parliamentary seat.

There are 13 fewer votes cast in the parliamentary seat than the two state seats combined.

The so-called 2,478 phantom votes alleged by certain irresponsible parties is absurd.

Otherwise, for the interest of justice and electoral fairness, why aren’t Yong Peng and Semarang election results being challenged by the losing candidates?

Next, the alleged turnout of 36,346, about 78.7 percent of the total registered voters of 46,157, is not true as well.

There are many other versions of the turnout tally. I am simply intrigued by the creativity of these parties.

The turnout for Yong Peng state seat was about 84.78 percent and 86.44 percent for Semarang state seat.

Hence, is it not obvious to deduce that the turnout for Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat will not be lower than 80 percent? In fact, it was 85.5 percent.

These numbers were obtained from the 94 voting streams and verified by polling and counting agents of all three candidates.

There is simply no room to suggest otherwise.

I note with regret, the various malicious accusations towards me on the Internet.

Despite their apparent absurdity, it is most unfortunate that continuous spread of these accusations may actually sway some people.

Case in point is the alleged blackout in Bentong during the 2013 GE whereby there are still some people believing it despite clarification from the then losing party.

It is regrettable that there are still some groups who are just not willing to accept the election results and conniving to unseat the sole Chinese opposition MP from MCA and to prevent him from raising issues pertinent to the Chinese and multi-racial Malaysian community in the Parliament.

My defeated opponent Liew Chin Tong said that the purpose of his election petition was to point out certain procedural impropriety during the election and to push for reform of the electoral system.

I do not understand the rationale of reforming the electoral system through the judicial process. It should be done through the EC and the administrative system.

I won the seat legitimately through many years of hard work and commitment in the Ayer Hitam constituency.

Nevertheless, I acknowledge that the loser has his right to file a petition. Fret not, the truth will prevail.

WEE KA SIONG is MCA deputy president and the MP for Ayer Hitam.

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