MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong held a ceramah outside a night market in Balakong, but only a handful of people turned up.
Reportedly, the thin crowd of 20 or so odd bystanders appeared to be MCA supporters in party T-shirts showing support for their Balakong candidate.
Nevertheless, the political newcomer opened his speech confidently by introducing himself as “a local boy who understands local issues better than anyone else”.
“I was born here, raised here and even got married here. I know all the issues here.
“When the time comes, please don’t forget to choose me,” he said to cheers by his party members.
The Balakong state seat was declared vacant following the death of its assemblymen Eddie Ng on July 20.
The by-election will see a straight fight between Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Wong Siew Ki and MCA’s Tan.
It is said that Tan would stand no chance to win the seat.
Voting day is on September 8.