Nod for Chow to suc­ceed Lim

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.



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