No political tsunami will occur in Johor in GE14

KULAI: The Johor Gerakan is confident the 14th general election (GE14) will not bring a political tsunami to the party as well as other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the state.

Its chief, Datuk Tee Kok Chee, said his confidence was based on the encouraging signs from Chinese and Indian voters in the state. He said voters from both communities were aware that they were deceived by the opposition who had not made any progress since winning their seats.

"During GE13, many from Chinese and Indian communities did support the opposition. However, after they won the seats, what they have been up to? To seek help (from them) is also hard.

"Hence, we believe this time we can win more (seats), the important thing is that we have to work together and stay united with other component parties to deal with opposition strategies. This cooperation is effective as we have been practicing it to help Datuk Mah Siew Keong (Gerakan president) during the Teluk Intan by-election in 2014," he said.

Tee was speaking to reporters at the Chinese New Year open house organised by Johor Gerakan, here today.

He also said that the Johor Gerakan has identified several candidates who would contest for the party in the GE14 and the list has also been sent to the central BN supreme council for decision.

"Among the identified candidates is Datuk Liang Teck Meng who will defend the Simpang Renggam parliamentary seat, as well as three new faces who will contest in Bukit Batu, Skudai and Pemanis state seats," he said.

In the last GE13, the Gerakan contested in 12 parliamentary and 33 state seats nationwide but only won one parliamentary seat in Simpang Renggam (Johor) and three state seats in Pemanis (Johor), as well as Elopura and Tanjong Papat, both in Sabah.

The death of incumbent of Teluk Intan Member of Parliament Seah Leong Peng (DAP) on May 1, 2014, saw Gerakan win the seat in the by-election held on May 31, which brought the total number of its parliamentary seats to two. — Bernama