DAP sec-gen says he has no plan to be Selangor chairman


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007

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PETALING JAYA: Ousted Selangor DAP chairman Ong Chee Keng made unwarranted personal attacks against Central Executive Committee (CEC) leaders, including calling them eunuchs in the media. 

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who revealed this yesterday, denied claims that there was an elaborate plan to make him (Lim) the Selangor DAP chairman. 

He said that Ong continued to make damaging press statements against the party, and refused to use the internal mechanism to resolve the problem. 

Lim said Ong was asked to explain the damaging statements he made in the press after he told the CEC that he did not have any complaints on the Selangor leadership controversy. 

Clearing the air: Lim, flanked by nationalorganising secretary Tan Kok Wai andnational publicity secretary Teresa Kok, atthe press conference on Tuesday.

“Ong admitted using derogatory words (on CEC leaders) but refused to withdraw them and apologise. 

“He resigned because he did not want to apologise. It is not true that he resigned in protest against the decision of the party for not following the constitution,” he said. 

Lim said the CEC had discussed Ong’s complaint about the Jan 12 emergency meeting of the Selangor state committee. At the meeting, 14 out of the 20 committee members passed a motion of no confidence against Ong and proceeded with a reshuffle of the state line-up where state secretary Ean Yong Hian Wah was elected as new state chairman. 

“The CEC exercised its powers under Clause 11 (5) of the party constitution to direct the Selangor DAP to convene an emergency meeting on Thursday to conduct a verification exercise on the leadership. It would be conducted by DAP deputy secretary-general Ngeh Koo Ham,” he said, adding that Ong had also agreed to the meeting. 

He said that Ong had made false allegations against CEC leaders and blamed them for causing his ouster as state chairman. Lim added that the allegations were not supported by facts. 

Lim, who holds the party’s most powerful post, said he had no time to helm the Selangor DAP, and stressed that the CEC had not taken over any state committee since he became the secretary-general in 2004 and has no intention of doing so unless there was no choice.  

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