Kit Siang eye­ing Penang seat?

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Spec­u­la­tion is rife that DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang may be plan­ning to con­test in Penang again in the com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

This fol­lows the cir­cu­la­tion of a screen grab of what is al­leged to be the Ge­lang Patah mem­ber of par­lia­ment’s voter de­tails, show­ing that Kit Siang’s elec­toral ad­dress now falls un­der the Kom­tar state and Tan­jung par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies.

How­ever, at­tempts by the New Straits Times’ to get Kit Siang’s re­sponse proved fu­tile.

Mes­sages sent via What­sApp were not replied.

There were, how­ever, two “blue ticks” at­tached to the mes­sage, in­di­cat­ing that it had, in fact, been read.

For the record, can­di­dates for par­lia­men­tary seats need not have an ad­dress in the same state, but any­one con­test­ing a state seat must have a reg­is­tered ad­dress in the same state.

Univer­siti Sains Malaysia po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dr P. Si­va­mu­ru­gan said there was a pos­si­bil­ity that Kit Siang was plan­ning a come­back in Penang to re­tain the state un­der the “new Tan­jung project”.

“Maybe he feels that Ge­lang Patah will be a los­ing seat for him since there have been mount­ing al­le­ga­tions in re­cent months on his lack of pres­ence there as well as his per­for­mance as the mem­ber of par­lia­ment,” he said.

Si­va­mu­ru­gan said an­other pos­si­bil­ity is that Kit Siang wants to en­sure the con­tin­u­ous sur­vival of the “Lim Dy­nasty”, tak­ing into ac­count the im­pend­ing cor­rup­tion trial of his son, Penang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng.

“It also brings to (mind) the pos­si­bil­ity of whether he is try­ing to suc­ceed his son (as chief min­is­ter) or to po­si­tion him­self in an ad­vi­sory po­si­tion (in the state) in case the son goes to prison,” he added, not­ing that Kit Siang may still want to hold on to power or serve as the “back­bone” of his son as this could be the tough­est test for Guan Eng thus far.

Kit Siang is no stranger to the po­lit­i­cal scene in Penang. He started his foray in 1986 when he wrested the Tan­jung par­lia­men­tary seat from Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon in what was dubbed the “Tan­jung One bat­tle”.

In the Tan­jung Two bat­tle four years later, Kit Siang re­tained his par­lia­men­tary seat.

Dur­ing the Tan­jung Three bat­tle in 1995, DAP was dealt a se­vere blow when he lost to Koh, the then chief min­is­ter.

Spec­u­la­tion that Kit Siang would be con­test­ing in a Penang seat be­gan as early as this year af­ter he made an ap­pear­ance in the state for five con­sec­u­tive days.

He even kicked off his “Je­la­jah Desa Ber­sama Kit Siang” pro­gramme here, vis­it­ing nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions.

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