PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Tan Seng Giaw today sidestepped his party’s decision not to field him as a candidate in the coming polls, instead offering some cryptic advice to voters.
“Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he can win all the votes to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak. But before the ballot boxes are opened, we do not know who will win,” he told FMT.
“My advice to voters is to pick and choose wisely,” said Tan, who has been a Kepong MP for over three decades.
Tan said he was not surprised by the announcement last night, adding that talk of him being dropped had been going on for years.
“But people only know part of the story,” he said. “Things that happen in the party, a lot of people don’t know. Only the people concerned know.”
The eight-term MP was rumoured to have fallen out of favour with the party leadership following his criticism of the Penang government’s management of environmental issues.
The feud became open when DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng revealed last June that Tan had been “incommunicado” with party leaders since early that year.
It was learned that Tan was selected to stand again in Kepong only at the last minute in the 2013 polls. He won with the biggest majority ever in the overwhelmingly Chinese-majority seat since his first victory in 1982.
Tan today said he would continue to serve the people at his service centre in Kepong.
“I have not changed. I will continue to help the people if they want my help.”
Tan’s former seat will now be contested by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
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