DAP’s Syerleena Rashid to replace Rayer in Penang

Syerleena Rashid (right) to stand in Seri Delima, while Joseph Ng (left) to vie for Air Itam. Ramkarpal Singh (second from left) will defend Bukit Gelugor for the second term and Yeoh Soon Hin (second from right) will make a bid for a third term at Paya Terubong. (Facebook pic)

GEORGE TOWN: DAP has chosen to field Syerleena Abdul Rashid as its state seat candidate for Seri Delima, replacing two-term incumbent RSN Rayer.

Syerleena, 38, is said to be the first Malay candidate contesting the Chinese-majority constituency created in 2004.

The businesswoman is currently a member of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Penang DAP’s assistant publicity secretary. She holds the same position for DAP’s women’s wing on a national level.

Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow said the party leadership had weighed Syerleena’s candidacy carefully and felt she was the best fit for Seri Delima.

“Rayer has served the people of Seri Delima well for the past 10 years.

“We are of the opinion that he has potential to do bigger things… but we have other plans, which we will announce tomorrow,” he said at a ceramah in Air Itam last night.

City councillor Joseph Ng Soon Siang will contest the Air Itam state seat, with DAP incumbent Wong Hon Wai to contest the Bukit Bendera parliamentary seat.

Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the open space along Jalan Pasar, Air Itam, to hear a ceramah by Penang DAP leaders last night.

Ng, 39, has been a MBPP councillor since 2013. He was chairman of the Bukit Bendera Village Security and Development Committee for two years, from 2011 to 2013. He is also Taman Hye Keat DAP branch chief.

Ramkarpal Singh, who has held the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat since the 2014 by-election following the death of his father, Karpal Singh, will defend his seat for a second term in the coming polls.

Yeoh Soon Hin will also defend the Paya Terubong state seat which he has held since 2008.

Ramkarpal won the Bukit Gelugor seat with a 37,659-vote majority, beating Parti Cinta Malaysia candidate Huan Cheng Guan and two independent candidates, Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohamed Nabi Abdul Sathar and Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zan in the by-election.

In the 2013 polls, Rayer won the Seri Delima seat with a 9,277-vote majority, beating Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Low Joe Hiap.

The Air Itam seat was last won by Wong, who beat BN’s Jason Loo Jieh Sheng with a majority of 7,434 votes.

Yeoh won the Paya Terubong seat with a 25,719-vote majority, beating BN’s Koh Wan Leong in the last polls.

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