MCA to use party logo in Balakong polls

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will use its own logo to contest in the Balakong by-election, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He, however, stressed that the party will remain in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, adding that the decision was made by the central committee, who also consulted rank-and-file members on the matter.

Liow said the decision was part of MCA's effort to reform the party, following its poor showing in the 14th general election.

He was speaking to the media following the party's central committee meeting at Wisma MCA here.

Liow said potential candidates have been shortlisted, and the party would make an announcement soon.

Nomination for the Balakong by-election is set to take place on Aug 18, with early voting on Sept 4 and polling on Sept 8.

The Balakong state seat fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chee in an accident on July 20.

The BN coalition which previously had 13 component parties, is now left with only three parties – Umno, MIC and MCA, following the exit of Gerakan and several Sarawak component parties.

MyPPP had also announced that it was leaving the BN coalition, however, some members claim the move is illegal following a leadership dispute in the party.

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