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BN yet to decide which component party will contest in Kajang

Posted: 04 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

KAJANG: Barisan Nasional has yet to decide on its candidate or which component party will contest the upcoming Kajang by-election.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said although Kajang was a seat previously contested by MCA, it was up to the Prime Minister to decide who would contest this time.

"There are many views, but we can't decide until it has been discussed by the MCA president and other component parties.

"We will decide what will be best. Then, we leave it to the Barisan chairman," he told a press conference here yesterday.

He said the potential candidate would be one with good standing and could come from any of Barisan's component parties.

Muhyiddin laughed at a suggestion that national badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei might be a potential candidate and added that Barisan had specific criteria on who could be its election candidate.

The Kajang state assembly seat fell vacant when PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh resigned on Jan 27, paving the way for Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be fielded there.

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Fire razes supermarket in historical building

Posted: 04 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The town's oldest supermarket in Jalan Pasar was razed in a pre-dawn fire. The 5am blaze, however, was put out before it could damage the wet market, located on the ground floor of the two-storey building.

More than 125 fire fighters from five stations in Bukit Mertajam, Perda, Prai and volunteers from 13 voluntary fire brigades controlled the blaze from spreading.

Penang Fire and Rescue Depart­ment operations superintend­ent M. Vijayan said firemen arrived at the scene within minutes of rec­eiving the distress call.

"We took 20 minutes to control it from spreading but only managed to put it out completely at about 7,30am because of the lack of access into the building," he said, adding that there was only one entrance to the supermarket.

The cause of the fire is being determined.

Penang MCA liaison committee deputy chairman and Bukit Mertaj­am MCA division chief Tan Teik Cheng hoped that the Seberang Prai Municipal Council could find a suitable location to relocate the traders of the market soon.

"It is a historical building and a symbol of Bukit Mertajam for decades," he said, adding that the building should be restored to its former glory.

Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said he had discussed about a temporary market site with the traders and the council.

MCA holds ‘back-to-work’ ceremony at headquarters

Posted: 04 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: MCA held a kai gong or "back-to-work" ceremony at its headquarters Wisma MCA after the long Chinese New Year holiday.

Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, staff and members from the party headquarters and Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Berhad (Kojadi) witnessed the ceremony yesterday, which fell on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year.

The ceremony began with a lion dance performance followed by a dragon dance. The lion dance performers then exchanged mandarin oranges and vegetables with Liow, a gesture to usher in an auspicious year of abundance and good health.

Liow also treated the staff to a kai gong lunch that included the traditional yee sang.

A statement from MCA said the kai gong ceremony fostered better camaraderie between the party leadership and headquarters staff.

Other members of the MCA central committee members who attended the ceremony were secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.

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