JOHOR BARU: MCA vice-president Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung will work with the Chinese guilds and associations in southern Johor to ensure a win for the party in the Tebrau parliamentary seat in the coming general election.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced that Hou will be contesting in the seat, replacing Datuk Khoo Soo Seang who is stepping down.
“We will field Dr Hou to contest as well as to coordinate the work within southern Johor because we need a national leader to coordinate with all the guild associations here,” Liow said during a dialogue session with Chinese guilds and associations here yesterday.
Liow also said the party is confident of gaining the support of the people the help from the Tebrau division members.
“We are all united to face the next general election. It will be a very important one for the party especially in Johor, so we need to form a strong team to face it,” he added.
Asked if the candidates for Kluang or other seats in the state had been identified, Liow declined to comment, adding that the current focus was on the Tebrau seat.
Hou and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong were also present at the event.
Hou, a former Deputy Higher Education Minister, was Kluang MP for a term after winning the seat in the 12th general election in 2008. However, he lost the seat to DAP’s Liew Chin Tong in the last general election in 2013.
During the press conference, Hou said he was committed to completing the task given by the leadership to ensure a win for the party.
Khoo, 72, will step down as Tebrau MP following his resignation from the Tebrau MCA division chief post on Oct 1.