FORMER Perai state assemblyman Prof Dr P. Ramasamy has confirmed his exit from DAP, effective immediately.
The former Penang deputy chief minister II, who is also the Penang DAP deputy chairman told a press conference in Butterworth that he had handed in his resignation letter to DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook this morning.
“I made this decision after a lot of thought, and I also talked to my friends and family before making this decision,” he said.
Yesterday (Aug 9), FMT reported that sources within the party had claimed that Ramasamy, who has been with the party for nearly two decades, is quitting as he was unhappy that he was dropped as a candidate in the coming state polls on Aug 12.
Ramasamy was the former deputy chief minister II from 2008 until the recent dissolution of the state legislative assembly.
He had recently alleged “hidden hands” behind the selection of candidates for the party to be fielded in the upcoming state election.
He said it was obvious that all those who were in support of Chow were slashed from the candidates’ list as announced by Loke, adding that the reason given by the top party leadership to axe several of the incumbents was unacceptable.
Ramasamy had also cautioned Chow recently that his troubles were far from over, saying that he might have survived one major crisis in his political life.
In recent months, there were attempts to replace Chow as the chief minister.
The DAP top leadership subsequently named Chow as the chief minister for the second term if the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional coalition retained power in the state in the upcoming state election. – Aug 10, 2023