Liew retains post at Johor DAP polls

Unopposed: Liew keeps his position as Johor DAP chairman for the fourth term in the 20th Johor DAP elections held in Batu Pahat. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

BATU PAHAT: Liew Chin Tong and allies won big at the Johor DAP polls, taking most of the 15 seats in the state committee line-up.

Liew still retained his position as Johor DAP chairman for the fourth term despite weeks of intense speculation in the build-up to the polls.

It is learnt that there was only one name nominated for the position – Liew’s, which was supported by Penggaram assemblyman Gan Peck Cheng and seconded by Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.

He is flanked by Teo, who also retained her position as deputy chairman, as well as vice-chairmen Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali (Paloh assemblyman) and S. Ramakrishnan (Bekok assemblyman).

In his winning address, Liew reiterated that he was chosen by the delegates as a chairman for the state and not a chairman to specific people in the party.

“If there were flaws in my previous leadership, I will do my best now to rectify them and we will find ways to resolve our differences amicably and get work done.

“Now that the state election is over, it is time to reconcile, move on and concentrate on the next general election.

“This is going to be a workhorse committee and we vow to continue working hard for the party regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, ” he said in a press conference after the result was announced at the 20th Johor DAP convention here yesterday.

Liew received the third highest number of votes at 561. Former Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change minister and Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin raked in the most number of votes with 631.

Teo, who is former education deputy minister, received 577, the second highest number of votes.

Liew’s rivals, former Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau and Skudai assemblyman Tan Hong Pin, received 495 and 485 votes respectively.

Dr Boo made it into the state line-up as a committee member. Tan, who was former DAP state secretary, failed to make the cut.

The committee also made two new appointments – Boon Sin Wei, a former local councillor, as executive secretary and Labis MP Pang Hock Liong as legal bureau chief.

When asked whether the polling result would create a split in Johor DAP, Liew said: “We are all matured enough and ready to work together.

“I’m also proud that we have five out of 15 female representatives in the elected committee, which is a one-third female representation, ” he said, adding that the state committee would go on a listening tour and engage with members in the state.

The result was announced at about 4.45pm after a meeting of about 30 minutes among the 15 candidates who raked in the highest number of votes.

Some 1,031 voters or 69.24% out of the 1,489 eligible voters cast their votes in the party election.

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