DAP’s Wong Siew Ki for Balakong Seat

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Following the strong dissatisfaction among the grassroots, DAP has decided to appoint Wong Siew Ki as a candidate for the forthcoming Balakong by-election, instead of former Astro AEC broadcast journalist Yunna Tan.

A source from the party told Malaysiakini that the DAP leadership informed Wong Siew Ki about her appointment this morning.

The party leaders of DAP will hold a press conference to announce the candidate for Balakong by-election at the headquarters at 1pm tomorrow.

According to the source, five members of the candidate selection committee made the decision during the CEC meetings last night.

The party leaders were forced to give up the idea of appointing Yunna Tan due to the huge disgruntlement, said the source.

Wong Siew Ki, 32, is a Subang Jaya councillor and also the president of Dapsy Serdang.

Siew Ki/Facebook

She was a tuition teacher after she graduated from UPM with a degree of Foreign Language majoring in Chinese.

She was active in student movement since her college times and produced a documentary ‘Jatuh‘ in 2012 to depict the death of Teoh Beng Hock which happened in 2009.

In 2013, she became the political secretary for Ean Yong Hian Wah and decided to join the party the following year.

Meanwhile, MCA will also announce their candidate for the Balakong by-election at 1.15pm tomorrow.

The announcement will be made by party deputy president Wee Ka Siong at a press conference scheduled to be held at the MCA headquarters.

MCA has decided to use their own logo in the forthcoming Balakong by-election.

The Balakong legislative assembly seat fell vacant after two-term incumbent Eddie Ng passed away on July 20 due to a road accident. Nomination day falls on Aug 18 and polling will be held on Sept 8.

Tan was allegedly the most likely candidate for the Balakong by-election, but the grassroots were dissatisfied and questioned her qualifications as not being a member of DAP.

Yunna Tan/Facebook

She was the host of two popular prime-time Chinese current affairs programmes, ‘Evening Edition‘ and ‘Prime Talk‘ on Astro AEC.

Astro had confirmed she resigned at the end of July and Tan admitted that she was recommended by some party leaders as one of the potential candidates. – Malaysiakini