Penang DAP endorses Chow Kon Yeow as Guan Eng's successor

GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP by common acclamation has endorsed state party chairman Chow Kon Yeow to succeed Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) as head of the Penang government were something to happen to Lim.

The endorsement was made during the Penang Annual Convention today when all 328 delegates stood up to support the proposal by Lim in his opening speech.

The two term Chief Minister, who is battling charges of graft and abuse of power, asked delegates to support his proposal for the Penang Local Governemnt, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman to succeed him.

In response, all the delegates stood up and held up placards reading "Support, Solidarity, Sympathy Lim Guan Eng" and cheered.

Lim said DAP was not just one individual but a team of collective leadership.

The DAP secretary-general thanked members and supporters for believing in his innocence and that he and his team were clean.

"We shall respond rationally with truth and facts, with performance and delivery of a Penang that grows better, stronger, more free and prosperous everday for all," he said.

In his speech earlier, Chow addressed several political issues including that of PAS and newly formed Parti Bribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PBPM).

He said the unpredictable position of PAS and their persistence in pushing for Huduh has created tension within Barisan Nasional (BN) and the Opposition.

"The formation of PBPM has heightened the political tension among the Malay populace.

"At the moment, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still trying to get its act together as we face the rapid changing political scenario," he added and urged members to continue the struggle.

Meanwhile, DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang expressed his hope Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak will attend Parliament on Monday to present a report to the House on his visit to China.

"We hope he (Najib) will come to Parliament for the winding up (of debates) and give a report," he said in his speech.