Gerakan likely to field nine new faces

GEORGE TOWN: Three women party leaders are among nine new faces expected to contest in the coming general election under the Penang Gerakan ticket.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, its state acting Wanita chief Hartini Tan Abdullah is expected to stand in the Bukit Tambun state seat while state assistant secretary Ng Woan Shyan will be contesting the Machang Bubuk state seat.

Another state Wanita committee member, Peggie Koo Pei Chee, is said to be chosen to contest in the Batu Lancang state seat.

A party insider said six other newcomers who have been identified had also been actively working in their respective constituencies.

Those who will be fielded in the state seats are Ooi Zhi Yi (Kebun Bunga), H’ng Khoon Leng (Padang Kota), Dr Kiew Hen Chong (Batu Uban) and Albert Tan Kah Leong (Air Itam).

Two other potential candidates are Datuk Baljit Singh, who is the state’s Gerakan legal and human rights bureau chief, and Andy Yong. They are said to be slated for the Jelutong and Bukit Bendera parliamentary seats respectively.

Sources said those who have been appointed as the constituency’s coordinators are most likely to be fielded in the coming general election.

They have been actively organising various community activities and assisting the constituents faced with local issues.

Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the party would contest in 13 state seats and four parliamentary seats, and more than 50% of the candidates are fresh faces.

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