GEORGE TOWN: A national DAP Youth leader has warned the wing against relying solely on party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to spearhead DAP’s success.
DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) chief Anthony Loke said hard work by all party members was crucial in the final lap before the next general election.
“Certain quarters from Barisan Nasional have said that Lim would be the party’s biggest downfall but I disagree.
“He is undeniably a big reason for the DAP being liked by the people but if we rely on Lim’s popularity alone, the support will not be long term; everyone of us must play a role,” he said when opening the state Dapsy convention here yesterday.
He said Penang, where Lim is the chief minister, was a model showcase of what Pakatan Rakyat could do for the country.
“People say we won’t have any problem retaining Penang but don’t be over confident,” he said.
He said the main issues young Penangites were concerned with were job security, personal safety and quality of life.
“We must find innovative approaches to address these concerns.
“Being efficient is no longer enough because the rakyat will keep on expecting more — that’s the challenge,” he said.
He said although the police force was under the Federal Government’s control, Pakatan state governments could still do their part to make the people feel safe.
“The people want to see what we (Pakatan) can do so we can’t just say that security is under federal purview.
“We must find creative ways to address their concerns such as setting up community volunteer policing teams, making car parks safer and ensuring that public areas are brightly lit,” he said.
During the convention, Komtar assemblyman and Lim’s political secretary, Ng Wei Aik, took over from Yeoh Soon Hin as state Dapsy chief.
Ng was formerly the wing’s secretary.
Others elected were Lee Chun Kit (deputy chairman), Lim Thing and Yap Soo Huey (vice-chairmen) and Soon Lip Chee (secretary).
Yap is the Science, Technology and Innovation officer in the Chief Minister’s Office and Soon is a Seberang Prai municipal councillor.
Speaking to reporters, Ng said the delegates had expressed their disappointment over the lack of youth programmes organised by the state government.
“This is not a personal attack on Penang Youth and Sports, Women and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi but the delegates have expressed their concern and Dapsy too has highlighted this matter many times before,” he said.
He said the development of sports programmes was not synonymous with youth activities and that Ong was overly focused on the former.
“Ong is not a superwoman and cannot do it all by herself.
“Perhaps juggling both the sports and youth portfolios is not easy but if Ong needs help, she can always ask the Pakatan Youth wings including Dapsy. We are more than willing (to help),” he said.