Guan Eng shrugs off talk of nepotism


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 05 Sep 2004

IPOH: Newly-elected DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has dismissed talk that nepotism played a part in his appointment. 

“I am elected by 19 others in the CEC (central executive committee) and not by one person,” he said when asked if he had been elected because of the influence of his father Lim Kit Siang. 

“I will work hard to serve the party because of my 19 colleagues and the members,” he said after announcing the new party line-up at the 14th DAP national congress here yesterday. 

“Although he is my father, the support comes from the members,” he added. 

Guan Eng said he had not received any incentives or become a millionaire due to his involvement in the party. 

“What I get is to spend my nights in Kajang (jail) and Kamunting (detention centre where he was detained under ISA),” he said. 

Karpal Singh, who took over from Kit Siang as the new chairman, said it was not easy to equal Kit Siang. 

On whether he will now be a full-time politician, Karpal Singh said:  

“I have to make every effort to reconcile the irreconcilable.”  

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