DAP on the lookout for candidates


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003

BY SIRA HABIBU

PENANG: The DAP is on the lookout for potential candidates to be fielded in the coming general election following speculation on the revival of the party’s Tanjung 111A project to capture Penang. 

State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the number of candidates to be fielded in Penang would depend on the party’s national strategy. 

“In the 1999 general election, the DAP only fielded 17 candidates as we were with the opposition coalition and had a different strategy then. 

“We are leaving it to the national committee to decide on how many seats to contest this time,” he said. 

The DAP launched a series of campaigns dubbed Tanjung I, II, and III during the 1986, 1990 and 1995 elections respectively in its attempts to capture Penang.  

The party nearly toppled the Gerakan-led state government in 1990 when it clinched 14 out of 33 state seats, after securing 10 seats in 1986. It, however, won only one seat each in 1995 and 1999. 

It is learnt that the next project might be known as Tanjung IIIA as the figure 4, which means “die” in Chinese, is considered taboo. 

Last month, Parti Keadilan Nasional President Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail had said the party, together with PAS and Parti Rakyat Malaysia, were also planning to capture Penang. 

Stressing that DAP had yet to shortlist promising candidates, Chow said the party had always been on the lookout for members with potential. 

“Those actively involved in our work will be considered to contest in the upcoming general election,” he said. 

Asked if party chairman Lim Kit Siang’s daughter Hui Ying was seen as one of the potential candidates, he said no decision had been made. 

Hui Ying, the state DAP secretary since 2001, said she would leave it to the party to decide. “It is up to the party to choose whoever it deems capable.” 

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