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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 7:47:17 AM

Liew tipped to be Johor DAP chief

JOHOR BARU: Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong is the leading candidate to take over the post of Johor DAP chairman from Dr Boo Cheng Hau at the state party elections next month.

Taman Nesa DAP branch chairman P. Kogilavani said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, who is the party secretary-general, wanted Liew to helm the Johor DAP.

“Kit Siang and Guan Eng have figured out everything to enable Liew Chin Tong to be the new Johor DAP chairman,” she told Bernama.

She said Kit Siang and Guan Eng saw Liew as an individual who could help realise the party’s desire to wrest Johor from the Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

Kogilavani also said that the good relationship between Kit Siang and Guan Eng and Liew was a reason why they wanted the Kluang MP to be the Johor DAP chairman.

She claimed that Liew, who was the DAP’s political education director and party strategist, was more acceptable to Kit Siang and Guan Eng than Boo.

Kogilavani also claimed that it was known that Kit Siang and Guan Eng did not have a good relationship with Boo, the two-term assemblyman for Skudai.

Boo, a medical practitioner, has been the Johor DAP chairman for three terms and had expressed his desire to contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in the May general election before the DAP decided on Kit Siang as the candidate.

Last week, former Senai assemblyman Ong Kow Meng, who is Johor DAP vice-chairman, and former Bentayan assemblyman Gwee Tong Hiang asked Boo to honour his pledge to step down as Johor DAP chairman.

The two Johor DAP leaders wanted a younger leader to take over from Boo, and named Liew and Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching as the likely substitutes. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Politics, johor dap, liew chin tong

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