PETALING JAYA: Former Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua today expressed disappointment that he was not voted into the state committee at the party’s Selangor State Ordinary Convention 2018.
Pua said he had not wanted to retain his post as the state chief but had hoped to be in the committee to assist the new leadership.
“Of course I am a little disappointed. But I accept the decision that was made.
“I’m disappointed because I’m not in (the committee). I didn’t want to contest for chairman but I didn’t say I didn’t want to be part of the committee. I want to be in there to support the new chairman,” he told reporters.
However, Pua said not being voted into the committee would not affect his work, adding that he will continue to work for the party and government.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo was today chosen as the new Selangor DAP chairman, succeeding Pua.
Gobind obtained a total of 393 votes while Pua didn’t make it into the committee as he only had 292 votes.
In his speech earlier today, Pua again reiterated that he would not be defending his post as the state chief.
The political secretary to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, however, reminded party members not to forget DAP’s core principles and not to lose their way for the sake of positions.
“We may have won the last general election but don’t forget that the people will judge us again in the next four years. Whatever we do, it’s being observed closely by the voters,” he said.
Commenting on the victory in the 14th general election (GE14), the Damansara MP said one of the most satisfying achievements for DAP was to beat MCA, adding that DAP should never follow MCA’s “arrogant” ways.
“Due to its efforts to pursue success and riches, MCA’s performance dropped to a point where it can no longer attract talent into the party. All we see are the same old leaders. That’s why the people rejected MCA and Barisan Nasional,” he said.