DAP may ask Kit Siang and Karpal to go for other seats


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 07 Dec 2003

BY SIOW YUEN CHING

PENANG: The state DAP is exploring the possibility of having party chairman Lim Kit Siang and deputy chairman Karpal Singh contest in other parliamentary constituencies here in the next general election.  

“We should consider all options, whether Kit Siang and Karpal Singh should re-contest in Bukit Bendera and Jelutong which they lost in the last election or move to other parliamentary seats in Penang,” Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said. 

However, Chow said the final decision on candidacy would be made by DAP’s central executive committee. He stressed that Penang DAP still valued the two leaders and welcomed them to contest in the state. 

Chow also clarified a Bernama report that he claimed had quoted him out of context. The report quoted him as saying that DAP must think whether the veteran leaders still had support and whether these veterans should be replaced with young leaders for parliamentary seats. 

The report, which appeared in several newspapers on Friday, prompted Karpal Singh to issue a five-page statement the same day, declaring that he and Kit Siang still had “fire in our bellies.” 

Stating that both of them were only in their early sixties, Karpal Singh claimed it was a complete misconception to relegate them to “political retirement and oblivion.”  

State party vice-chairman Lim Hock Seng concurred that Kit Siang and Karpal Singh should contest again in Penang as their contributions should not be ignored. 

“I am confident that Kit Siang and Karpal Singh will be successful this time because feedback from the electorate showed that many people want them back. The Parliament is so quiet without the two,” said the Bagan MP. 

State committee member Jagdeep Singh Deo, who is Karpal Singh’s son, said Chow’s statement should not be read out of context. 

“The veteran leaders’ experiences are invaluable to young party members and we hope that they will be around to guide us too,” he said.  

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