By Clara Chooi
KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — With just two days left in the campaign, incumbent MCA presidential candidate, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, is claiming that the balance of support has tipped in his favour, undermining speculation that he is the underdog in the presidential race.
When asked if he felt that he was no longer the underdog, or the weakest candidate of the three presidential hopefuls, Tee Keat said, “Of course not!”.
He acknowledged that certain online opinion polls, like the independent Merdeka Center, had reflected this and said the results should not be taken lightly.
However, the Merdeka Center polls showed that Tee Keat was the preferred choice for president above his two contenders with 30per cent of the votes going to him.
Former president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting came in second with 15 per cent support while former deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek came in last with just 12 per cent.
“This is a sign of the level of support [for me] and acceptance from the people,” said Tee Keat in a press conference at the MCA headquarters here this afternoon.
He added that people were now getting a clearer picture of the past events including last year’s infamous Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting.