GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Penang DAP chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and his younger brother Ramkarpal Singh were the surprise “casualties” in the state party election.
Jagdeep, 49, managed only 655 votes to secure the last spot in the 15-seat state committee, a far cry from his last showing in 2018 where he garnered the second highest number of votes, thus paving the way for him to be deputy state chairman.
Ramkarpal, 44, who placed sixth in 2018, failed to make the top 15 this year.
The election of 15 committee members at the Penang DAP Convention 2021 here yesterday ran smoothly, with incumbent state chairman and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow obtaining the highest number of votes at 1,211.
He was appointed state chairman while Dr P. Ramasamy was appointed deputy chairman, with Zairil Khir Johari and Jagdeep filling the two vice-chairman spots.
State DAP secretary Senator Lim Hui Ying and treasurer Wong Hon Wai were also reappointed to their posts.
Lim came in fourth with 990 votes, while two of the party’s old guards, Phee Boon Poh and Lay Hock Peng, got the second and third highest number of votes with 1,041 and 1,038 respectively.
Ramasamy, Zairil and RSN Rayer, who all lost in 2018 and had to be co-opted into the last committee, made it to the list this time around.
A total of 1,632 delegates attended the convention at the Setia SPICE Arena in Bayan Lepas.
Penang DAP’s balloting process involves delegates voting for committee members, with the top 15 finishers appointed to their positions after an internal decision-making process.