KUALA LUMPUR: A bright, young DAP leader, who once worked as New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark’s political secretary, has quit all her seven posts after about one year with the party.
Jadryn Loo Hooi Yee, who held six positions in Penang DAP and who was also a party executive council member, tendered her resignation on Thursday.
Her positions in Penang DAP included political researcher and publicity liaison committee secretary. However, she remains a DAP member.
She cited “people-to-people relationship” in the party for her decision to quit the posts, but declined to explain further.
“It is a sad decision but it is for the best. The matter has been dragging on for some time,” she said on Saturday.
Loo, 22, was seen as a potential leader when she joined the DAP upon returning from New Zealand after a one-year stint as Clark’s political secretary in charge of Asian affairs.
The Perak-born woman has two degrees: one in law and another in political science.
Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow acknowledged that Loo was a promising leader and that the party had tried to persuade her to retract her resignation. He said that Loo, who was a salaried worker, probably felt that she had less freedom to pursue what she wanted to do.
“Besides, it is tough being in politics for the long haul especially if you are in the Opposition,” he said.