Another state DAP committee member resigns

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  • Friday, 15 Aug 2003


PETALING JAYA: The Selangor DAP has been rocked by the resignation of another committee member T. Kannan, coming on the heels of Bandar Klang state assemblyman Teng Chang Khim who quit the state committee on Monday. 

Kannan, who is not aligned to state chairman Ronnie Liu, said it would be difficult to work as a lone ranger in the 15-member committee, which is dominated by Liu’s men. 

“I subscribe to Teng’s statement to allow Liu to have a free hand in carrying out the party activities for the next two years,” he said. 

Kannan submitted his resignation letter yesterday. 

Teng, a rival of Liu, had remarked that “other people” would be comfortable without his presence in the state committee. 

Except for Teng and Kannan, Liu’s group won the other 13 spots in the committee during the Selangor DAP elections on Aug 10. 

Kannan said he had received numerous calls from party leaders and members urging him to stay on but he decided to quit after thinking about it for a few days. 

“I don’t want to be a stumbling block in the state leadership. He can plan and carry out his projects without any interference,” he said. 

Kannan said another reason for his decision was the defeat of several incumbents who had helped to deal with various issues in the state. 

“I had a good working relationship in the last committee with former chairman M. Manoharan in charge of legal matters, S. Ramakrishnan (estate problems), Peter Tan and Ng Suee Lim (local issues), but all have been defeated. Teng had helped to raise problems with the state government and at the State Assembly. 

“All these people had done a wonderful job but they were rejected by the delegates. I would be blamed if any information is leaked out of the state committee meetings,” he said. 

Kannan said that since the Selangor delegates had confidence in Liu and his team, they should be allowed to carry out their work and preparations for the general election without any problems. 

“I don’t need a position in the state to serve the community. I will still help the party and the members with their problems,” Kannan said, adding that he was still head of the Sri Setia branch. 

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