GEORGE TOWN: Instead of worrying about their candidacy in the next general election, the nine PKR state assemblymen should instead focus on fulfilling their responsibilities.
State PKR chief Datuk Mansor Othman said that as the party’s candidate list has yet to be finalised, the current PKR assemblymen need not worry too much about it and should continue serving their constituents.
He was commenting on rumours that there may be up to five PKR assemblymen being dropped for the election from the current state lineup.
“I can confirm that it is not only five seats being considered, but everyone’s seat, including mine.
When asked which seat he will be contesting, Mansor, who is Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, replied that the top leadership had yet to decide.
“Of course the state PKR has suggested a list of candidates but it has not been finalised yet,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Currently, PKR holds nine out of the 29 seats won by Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election.
It was reported in The Star yesterday that party insiders revealed that out of the nine, five will be dropped to make way for new faces.
They are Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong Khan Lee, Batu Uban assemblyman S. Raveentharan, Machang Bubok assemblyman Datuk Tan Hock Leong, Bukit Tengah assemblyman Ong Chin Wen and Sungai Bakap assemblyman Maktar Shapee.
When contacted, Tan said since the news that he was among the five to be dropped did not originate from the top leaders, there was no point worrying about it.
“I am uncertain about this piece of information. Therefore, I choose not to comment further.”