“Waste of time to talk about CM-ship now,” says Penang Gerakan chief

PENANG Gerakan chief Oh Tong Keong said his party wants the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition to emerge victorious in the forthcoming state polls first before discussing potential chief minister candidates.

“Gerakan has only one goal which is to focus on the state elections and win. Only then will we consider candidates for the chief minister. Therefore, it is a waste of time to discuss these issues now,” he remarked in a statement today (June 21).

Oh was responding to DAP veteran Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang who had recently questioned if Datuk Dr Dominic Lau would be PN’s nominee for the Penang chief minister post in the forthcoming Penang state polls.

Lim had questioned if Gerakan will get the most number of State Assembly seats in Penang in PN to contest in the state polls or if Gerakan leaders will be at the “beck and call of both PAS and Bersatu leaders”.

He also asked if Lau’s bid to become Penang chief minister has gotten Oh’s and Penang Gerakan’s blessing.

Recall that on Sunday (June 18) Lau had confirmed that he will run as a PN candidate in the Penang state polls, adding that he plans to contest for one of the state constituencies in the Seberang Perai area.

On this matter, Oh went on to slam Lim for trying to “create suspicion” among Gerakan leaders, saying the veteran politician had “actually played tricks” by asking him if he agreed with Lau to be Penang chief minister.

“I would like to clearly inform Lim, his son (Lim Guan Eng), and the DAP that Gerakan will not be alienated (sic) by DAP,” Oh was reported as saying.

Oh further pointed out that what was more pertinent was DAP’s 15-year “lacklustre” performance in Penang.

“These three terms of government only left us with corruption cases such as the Penang undersea tunnel, the destructive reclamation plan, traffic congestion, flooding, water shortages, and expensive housing prices.

“DAP should explain these important issues to the people,” he said. – June 21, 2023


Main pic credit: Borneo Post Online

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