GEORGE TOWN: You can expect sparks to fly when top DAP leaders converge in Penang for two days next week.
A senior state party leader says some of the DAP ministers will face some tough questions on their performance in the Pakatan Harapan government thus far, as well as in the recent Rantau by-election.
“Some members are not happy with the way some ministers campaigned during the recent Rantau by-election. You can say the meeting is also a post-mortem of sorts.
“Some Pakatan leaders are also not happy with a statement from a minister which touched on the sensitivity of other religions during the Rantau by-election.
“Penang is DAP’s powerbase and members here are no pushover as they have worked hard to put the Penang government in power for three terms. There will be some local issues among the agenda, too,” a party insider said.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran and other DAP deputy ministers are attending the event on April 27 on the island and on the mainland the next day.
Senior leader Lim Kit Siang, Tony Puah and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will also be taking part in the sessions.
Another senior party leader, who declined to be named, said members would also want to know the strategy for the Sandakan by-election after Pakatan suffered a string of losses.
Party secretary-general Guan Eng had said last week that a candidate had been identified and the name would be announced at the right time.
The leader said the recent announcement of the Kulim Airport would also come under scrutiny as there was a general sentiment that Chow had not been very vocal in opposing the plan.
State DAP secretary Senator Lim Hui Ying said the party leaders would be here although the Sandakan by-election campaign is looming.
“We expect about 200 members to attend as it’s a roadshow which is being held nationwide.
“It’s an opportunity for DAP ministers and leaders to explain national issues and also for members to give their views.”
However, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi played down talk that it would be a heated affair.
“Well, it’s a closed-door affair as we want members to be free to question our leaders without fear or favour.
“It’s nothing more than an update on national issues and members would want to know about government policies,” he said.
Another state leader said he would definitely bring up the funds for flood mitigation and development projects in Penang which were not forthcoming.
“Even though Pakatan is the Federal Government, we have not received the RM1bil fund as promised,” he said.
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