JOHOR BARU: Johor MCA Youth is eyeing at least two parliamentary seats and hopes to see more young candidates fielded in the 15th General Election.

Its chief Ling Tian Soon said the MCA wing would go all out to wrest Kulai and Tebrau from DAP and Parti Bangsa Malaysia, respectively.

“These two seats have been set as frontline seats because of MCA’s good service record and we have won there in the past.

“There are also many youth voters in those constituencies. As the state MCA Youth chief, I will ensure that we help the candidates to a fair and just fight to get back those seats,” he said yesterday.

Tebrau’s incumbent MP is Steven Choong, while Kulai’s is held by Teo Nie Ching.

Ling said MCA had been supportive of youths, as seen in the March Johor election, where out of the 15 seats contested, eight were from the party’s youth wing.

“Out of the eight youths, Lee Ting Han and I won in Paloh and Yong Peng, respectively, while the other two youth candidates in Tangkak and Jementah lost by the slim majority of 714 and 372 respectively.

“Johor MCA Youth has many people with good potential and we fully welcome the party’s decision to field candidates from the wing in GE15,” he added.

Malaysians will go to the polls on Nov 19, following a 14-day campaigning period. Nomination day is on Nov 5.

Earlier, Ling, who is also the state health and unity committee chairman, presented a mock cheque of RM500,000 on behalf of the state government to Southern University College (Southern UC) here.

He hoped the allocation could help the university college in its software and hardware developments.

“Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi is always concerned about Chinese education and Southern UC, being the first community-established higher education institution, has also received his acknowledgement,” he said.