MALACCA: DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang will give up his post after next month’s national party congress.
In his speech at the party’s dinner to welcome back his son Guan Eng into active politics after seven years, the 63-year-old leader said the time was right for him to give up his positions in the party after being in the frontline for over 35 years.
“I have held the secretary-general and chairman posts separately for 35 years, which is a long time,” he said.
He added that he discussed the decision to let go of the post with other party leaders.
However, Lim, who is Ipoh Timur MP, did not rule out offering himself for other posts.
“I am still committed to the ideals, convictions and objectives of the party without any reduction,” he said.
He also said no decision had been made yet on the position he would be likely to hold.
Party sources said he might be made the party’s adviser.
Under the DAP constitution, the national congress will elect 20 members into the central executive committee.
These members will elect the main office-bearers from among themselves.
A party insider said it was significant that Lim made this announcement at the grand dinner attended by 3,000 people.
“The party congress on Sept 4 will definitely see an important milestone in its history,” he said.
Guan Eng, 44, spent 12 months in jail for two offences under the Sedition Act and Printing Presses Act in 1997.
Since then he was forced to stay out of politics 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.