GEORGE TOWN: All Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates chosen come from the state and they have been serving the constituencies for years, says former Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon.
He said if the DAP-led opposition wanted to make it an issue that the candidates were not picked from the constituencies they are contesting in, then DAP itself should look at the mirror first.
“Their candidates are jumping all over. That includes Lim Kit Siang. From Malacca to Petaling Jaya, back to Malacca, then he went to Penang, Perak and now Johor.
“They are the frogs. I think they are the ones jumping around the most,” he told reporters after accompanying Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates to meet and greet market-goers at Mount Erskine here today.
Koh was commenting on an opposition campaign ceramah in which DAP leaders claimed that BN’s candidates in Penang were not chosen from their state constituencies.
Koh, who is former Penang chief minister, said all the candidates chosen to contest are from Penang and even if they are not Penang-born, they had settled down and lived in the state for some time.
Citing an example, he said Teng Chang Yeow, the BN candidate for the Tanjong Bungah state seat, had studied and lived in Penang for many years, unlike DAP’s candidates, some of whom only came when the general election was just around the corner.
Teng, who is also Penang BN chairman, is challenged by DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari, Chua Cheong Wee of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and Lee Zheng Yong of Malaysian United Party in a four-cornered tussle.
“Under the constitution, as long as you are a registered voter in the state, you can contest in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Koh said he would help BN candidates during the 14th General Election (GE14) campaign and will be attending the Teluk Intan ceramah tonight.
“I’m retired but I’m coming back to support the young group under the leadership of Teng.
“I appeal to the Penang people to give them a chance, at the very least to provide a check-and-balance in the state assembly,” he said.
He said the voice of the people needed to be brought to the state assembly, especially for those in Tanjong Bungah, where they faced various issues.
BN is contesting in all the 13 parliamentary and 40 state seats in Penang in GE14.