GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP has dropped six people from the previous state assembly and Parliament, and nominated eight new faces as candidates for the general election on May 9.
The six dropped are: Danny Law Heng Kiang (Batu Lanchang); Lim Hock Seng (Bagan Jermal); Lau Keng Ee (Pengkalan Kota); A Tanasekaran (Bagan Dalam); Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun (two-term MP for Jelutong) and Ng Wei Aik (elected MP for Tanjong in 2013).
Six local councillors and two aides were named by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in the Penang line-up for the general election on May 9.
The new faces will be fielded in:
Bagan Dalam – Satees Muniandy, who is currently a Seberang Perai municipal councillor;
Berapit – Heng Lee Lee, press secretary to the Penang chief minister;
Jawi – Jason H’ng Mooi Lye, MPSP councillor;
Pulau Tikus – Lee Chun Kit, Penang Island city councillor;
Pengkalan Kota – Daniel Gooi Zi Sen, aide to Penang executive councillor Jagdeep Singh;
Batu Lancang – Ong Ah Teong, city councillor;
Seri Delima – Syerleena Abdul Rashid, city councillor
Air Itam – Joseph Ng Soon Siang, city councillor
In Bagan Jermal, the party will field Soon Lip Chee, who was previously elected to the Jawi state seat.
Earlier this week Lim said that Zairil Khir Johari would be fielded in the Tanjung Bungah state constituency. Zairil was MP for Bukit Bendera in the old Parliament.
Two members of the old state assembly are to contest parliamentary seats:
Bukit Bendera – Wong Hon Wai (previously Air Itam state seat);
Jelutong – RSN Rayer (previously Seri Delima state seat).
Those who will seek re-election are:
Bagan – Lim Guan Eng
Batu Kawan – Kasthuri Patto;
Bukit Gelugor – Ramkarpal Singh Deo;
Bukit Mertajam – Steven Sim;
Air Putih – Lim Guan Eng;
Sungai Puyu – Phee Boon Poh;
Padang Lalang – Chong Eng;
Perai – P Ramasamy;
Datok Keramat – Jagdeep Singh Deo.
Those who will not be fielded on May 9 stood up to take a bow and receive applause from party members present. Tanasekaran did not attend the ceremony today.
Three others from the old assembly had previously withdrawn from the party line-up: Lydia Ong Kok Fooi (Berapit) who retired from politics, Yap Soo Huey (Pulau Tikus) who has gone to pursue a master’s degree, and Teh Yee Cheu (Tanjung Bungah) who resigned from the party.
Teh is to contest in the Sungai Pinang state seat on a Parti Sosialis Malaysia ticket.
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