MALACCA: After a seven-year political hiatus, DAPs Lim Guan Eng is now officially allowed to take part in active politics.
The 44-year-old son of DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang spent 12 months in jail for two offences under the Sedition Act and Printing Presses Act in 1997.
Since then he was forced to sit out as those convicted are not allowed to hold positions in political parties or stand for elections five years from the date of their release. Guan Eng was released on Aug 25, 1999.
The party held a grand welcome back dinner for the former Kota Melaka MP, attended by more than 3,000 people.
DAP Wanita chief Chong Eng said Guan Eng underwent a testing time which has made him ready to be entrusted with an important task.
We believe Lim has passed the test with flying colours and is ready to be given an important task, she said at a press conference here, fuelling speculation that he would be holding an influential position after the partys Sept 4 national congress.
Today is Womens Day but it is more significant to us as it is also the 'freedom day' for Lim, who had to pay a heavy price for fighting for the rights of a Malay underage girl, she told reporters here yesterday.
Chong said the experience had also made Lim more determined and his experience had made him a better person and better leader.
There is Chinese saying that when a person is to be given an important task, he would have to go through all kinds of tests, she said.
Chong said Lim had lost his freedom and his parliamentary benefits because he had steadfastly stood for the rights of the girl.
Malaysian women, regardless of race, can count on him to fight for our rights, she said.