Apr 3, 2007

BN And DAP In Straight Fight In Machap

Political secretary vs Businessman?

ALOR GAJAH, April 3 (Bernama) -- The Machap state by-election in Melaka on April 12 will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) and the DAP.

BN's Lai Meng Chong, 56, who is the MCA Alor Gajah vice-chairman and political secretary to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn, will face DAP's Liou Chen Kuang, 33, a businessman.

The announcement was made by the returning officer, Hasim Ismail, after the nomination and objection period closed at 11am at the nomination centre set up at the Machap Japerun Complex.

Lai submitted his nomination papers at 9.14am and Liou did so 14 minutes later. No objections had been filed over their nominations.

Liou contested the seat in the 2004 general election but lost to Melaka MCA chairman Datuk Wira Poh Ah Tiam. Poh beat the DAP candidate by a 4,562-vote majority.

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