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Press Cutting, PPP Retains Ipoh 16-2, ‘A Glorious Win’ Says Seeni

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Subject :Press Cutting, PPP Retains Ipoh 16-2, ‘A Glorious Win’ Says Seeni
Published By : The Straits Times 
Location : Singapore
Estimated Year : 1963
Media Type : Article
Source : Courtesy of The Straits Times
Remark : This news cutting was taken from The Straits Times of Monday 24th of June 1963. It reported that, in the Perak elections, the Alliance won 57 seats (22 unopposed), People’s Progressive Party (PPP) won 18, Socialist Front won nine, United Democratic Party (UDP) won five, and Independents won two. In the previous elections (1961), the Alliance won 67 (35 unopposed), PPP 22, Socialist Front and Independents won two each.

Several big names, shockingly, lost in their bid. They are Haji Abdullah bin Haji Abdul Rauf (Alliance) who lost in Kuala Kangsar by eight votes, Mr. Chan Yoon Onn (PPP) lost in Kampar by 126 votes, and former Assistant Minister of Education, Mr. Tan Joon Hing (UDP) lost by 46 votes in Telok Anson (now Teluk Intan). The biggest and unexpected result-Alliance’s defeat in Taiping, was due to complacency, underrating the opposition, and lack of concentration in Chinese education issues. The result for Kuala Kangsar, Telok Anson, Tanjong Malim, Kampar, and Tapah were also printed.

Both Alliance and PPP the two giants of Ipoh claimed the election results were a victory for their parties. Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Inche Mohamed Khir Johari, commented that Too’s defeat was a “big defeat for Chinese chauvinism”. Tengku Abdul Rahman was quoted “We must not try when we lose. We will try and try again until we succeed.”

Vice-president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) and also the Perak branch chairman, Mr. Liew Wye Hon, at the same time said that the Alliance had successfully “contained and restricted the PPP to Ipoh.” In the meantime, in Ipoh, PPP’s Mr. S.P. Seenivasagam, confirmed to be re-elected to office, said that the Alliance dirty tactics and usage of foul language have backfired. He is also confident that they will take over the State government.
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