GEORGE TOWN: DAP has defended its announcement of potential ministers from the party should Pakatan Harapan (PH) win the coming polls, following criticism from party member Zaid Ibrahim that the move showed DAP as an arrogant party.
Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow said his party was merely trying to boost its candidates’ confidence especially when they are fielded against Barisan Nasional (BN) heavyweights.
He said this was why Perak and Johor DAP chiefs Nga Kor Ming and Liew Chin Tong were named as ministerial candidates.
“Because these two candidates are fighting incumbent ministers, and of course the DAP can send anyone to fight them.
“But the result as you know, would be a ‘sure die’ seat. So we have to put up the strongest fight. Every seat is important to win Putrajaya,” he said.
Liew will face MCA deputy president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Wee Ka Siong in Ayer Hitam, while Nga will contest in Teluk Intan against Gerakan chief Mah Siew Keong, who is also the plantation industries and commodities minister.
Meanwhile, Chow said the party’s decision not to field eight-term MP Tan Seng Giaw to defend the Kepong federal seat was part of a “natural renewal” process in politics.
He said although Tan had served DAP well, he failed to get elected to a state or central-level post within the party.
“There are candidates who have been dropped after serving one term. In politics, things are fluid and can change,” he said.