Nod for Chow to succeed Lim
GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP has endorsed state party chairman Chow Kon Yeow to succeed Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as head of the Penang government in the event such a move becomes necessary.
In his opening speech during the Penang DAP Annual Convention yesterday, the two-term chief minister asked delegates to support his proposal for the Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman to succeed him.
In response, all 328 delegates stood up and cheered, holding placards that read: “Support, Solidarity, Sympathy Lim Guan Eng”.
Lim, who is facing charges of graft and abuse of power, said DAP was not just one individual but a team of a collective leadership.
The DAP secretary-general thanked his supporters for their faith in his innocence and that he and his team were clean.
In his speech earlier, Chow addressed several political issues, including that of PAS and newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
He said the unpredictable position of PAS and their persistence in pushing for hudud has created tension within Barisan Nasional (BN) and the Opposition.
“At the moment, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still trying to get its act together as we face the rapidly changing political scenario,” he added, and urged members to continue the struggle.
“The formation of PPBM has also heightened the political tension among the Malay populace,” he said.
A delegate from Taman Chai Leng, Shamsher Singh Thind, said DAP should not cooperate with PPBM, which is chaired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he used to be the party’s enemy.
He said Mahathir was willing to cooperate with any party in order to achieve his goal to topple the government.
“He should first apologise to DAP before talking about working with us,” he said.