Wednesday February 6, 2013
Guan Eng’s sister may join the fray
By KOW KWAN YEE
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's sister Lim Hui Ying is said to be among the new faces who may be fielded in the general election.
Another relative of a serving assemblyman who is said to be also on the list is Phee Boon Chee, 47, younger brother of exco man Boon Poh.
The jostling for candidacy in DAP is also heating up with the party leadership receiving 45 names, including those of 23 incumbent MPs and state assemblymen, to contest.
DAP has four MPs and 19 state assemblymen from the last elections in 2008.
“We have more new faces on the list,” said state party chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
Asked to confirm if Hui Ying would be contesting the Jawi state seat to replace DAP's incumbent assemblyman Tan Beng Huat, Chow said he “could not remember”.
He said the name list would be finalised after a discussion among the party leaders to be held soon.
“With the elections around the corner, we hope to expedite it,” he reporters after visiting a market site in Batu Ferringhi here yesterday.
On speculation that Boon Poh, who is also Sungai Puyu assemblyman, would be dropped, Chow said so far, all incumbent state assemblymen had expressed their willingness to contest.
Meanwhile, Boon Poh has rubbished rumours that he would make way for his brother.
He said he had received many SMSes asking whether he had been dropped and said they were not true.
But this, he said, would be his last general election.
“But that does not mean I'm quitting politics.”