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It looks like DAP 2nd line supremo Lim Guan Eng is set to contest in Penang (he said so here), and speculation says he will contest in Bukit Gelugor, the constituency where I vote, where my 73 mother will vote, too. Though government “servants” they were, both my parents had never voted for BN. When we lived in Kuantan in the 70s, they voted for Parti Rakyat. Of course my parents were “threatened” to vote for BN “or else you wouldn’t get a pay rise or your pension”. They were not deterred by these threats.
As for Bukit Gelugor, to be honest, I’d very much prefer Karpal Singh, who despite his physical inabilities and ultra busy schedule, continues to play his role in Parliament. He was in the forefront, too, when the controversy over the Penang Outer Ring Road arose. Bukit Gelugorians will remember him fondly for this. If he were not there, his sons would be. Now, where was Guan Eng all the time? Even when he was not MP, Karpal Singh had a lot to say and do around the area.
A ‘safe seat’ proves nothing!
But then again, I heard he would want another ‘safe seat’ in Bagan, formerly held by DAP loyalist Lim Hock Seng. Another really down to earth MP. I don’t think he will take it too lightly if his seat was wrested away from him.
I believe if Guan Eng really wants to do something for Penang people, as he said in his press conference, he should really take on Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon. He’d do Penangnites a great favour if he could oust Koh, often seen, nay always seen, as an Umno stooge. Coz this time around in Penang, the fight is really between DAP and UMNO, via the Gerakan. Guan Eng after all did say he wants to end “Umno Dominance”.
It proves nothing if Guan Eng merely wants a ‘safe seat’. It’s time Guan Eng and DAP really prove their worth by taking on UMNO head-on, which means toppling Koh, where ever he stands.