PETALING JAYA: Former state secretary Ronnie Liu's group made a near-clean sweep by kicking out former state chairman M. Manoharan at the 12th Selangor DAP convention yesterday.
Of those outside Liu's group, only Bandar Klang state assemblyman Teng Chang Khim, who contested on his own, and T. Kannan made it to the 15-member state committee.
Liu was tied at fourth spot with 93 votes with Ong Ing Siong and Alex Yim Chee Pooi. National chairman Lim Kit Siang's former political researcher John Chung was 10th (89 votes) while his former personal assistant Lee Kee Hiong was 11th (87 votes.)
Newcomer Ong Chee Keng created a surprise when he secured the highest number of votes (140) while another debutante, S. Selvadurai, was second (134).
Two others aligned to Liu, V. Krishnan and R. Ashvin Raj, managed to scrape through with 83 and 80 votes respectively.
Manoharan, who secured the highest votes two years ago, was in 20th position garnering only 71 votes.
Both he and Liu were involved in a leadership struggle for the past five months following the death of chairman Ahmad Nor on Feb 26.
According to the party constitution, Liu was elected chairman, with Tee Boon Hock as deputy and Alex Yim as secretary.
Among those who failed to be re-elected were incumbents Ho Hong Heng, Ng Suee Lim, M. Pulanthran, S. Ramakrishnan, Peter Tan Hock Chai, G. Vickneswaran, Jack Wong and Yong Poh Onn.
Earlier, national secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock said the party had never sidelined any race and would not tolerate any leader trying to practise discrimination.
We want to attract the Chinese, Indians and Malays. If we had sidelined Indians, Karpal Singh (deputy chairman) would not be here today, he told delegates when opening the convention.
Later, Kerk told reporters that DAP wanted Parti Keadilan Nasional to decide on the fate of talks on the general election seat distribution, which were suspended after several meetings.
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