Datuk Andrew Wong Kean Hwee, the special aide to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, tipped to contest in the constituency, said that issues highlighted by the opposition have become stagnant. Pic by NSTP/FARIZUL HAFIZ AWANG

KUANTAN: MCA is confident of wresting back the Kuantan parliamentary seat from the opposition in the coming 14th General Election.

Datuk Andrew Wong Kean Hwee, the special aide to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, tipped to contest in the constituency, said that issues highlighted by the opposition have become stagnant.

This included the Lynas issue which was aimed at striking fear into the hearts of Kuantan folks.

The opposition, he said, also tried to politicise the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) in Gebeng which is jointly developed by both Malaysia and China.

Rumours were spread that MCKIP would not benefit the local economy and that everything was brought from China including workers.

Wong, who is Maran MCA division organising secretary said all the lies were being spread by people with vested interest.

"Alliance Steel, the biggest project, employed 4,000 local workers in its factory last year.

"This year, the factory is set to hire another 2,000 locals," he told the New Straits Times.

He said Kuantan folks have now realised the opposition's negative campaigning and fear mongering.

"They were facing difficulty in getting help from the opposition elected representatives and more often than not, the people had to go to Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and BN for assistance," he said.

With the slogan - New Progressive Kuantan - the 58-year-old businessman hopes to drive the economic development of Kuantan that will guide the largest city in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia towards a more prosperous future.

He aims to create more jobs for locals especially the younger generation so that they do not have to seek employment in far-off big cities.

Wong is hoping to leverage on his good relationship with the management of MCKIP.

"There are many more economic opportunities to explore that can benefit locals.

"MCKIP is strategically located in East Coast Economic Region.

"Facing South China Sea, it is a gateway access to Asean, Asia Pacific and world markets." he said.

Kuantan, currently held by PKR's Fuziah Salleh, is one of four parliamentary seats currently held by the opposition in Pahang, the other being Indera Mahkota, Raub and Temerloh.

The state has never fallen into the opposition’s hands.

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