Chua insists its the top Pakatan leadership who will decide whether he should contest in Bakri or not. (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar for The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau is adamant that his party defends the Bakri parliamentary seat in the next general election.
However, his Johor Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) counterpart Datuk Chua Jui Meng insists that the decision of who is the best candidate to contest in parliamentary seat should be determined by the top Pakatan Rakyat leadership.
Speaking to The Mole, Dr Boo said: “We want the seat to remain with the DAP.’’
“We agree with our party secretary-general's (Lim Guan Eng) decision to reject Chua’s suggestion that he contest the seat.’’
Chua however said: “All three Pakatan Rakyat component party presidents are to decide who should contest in which parliamentary seat.’’
“There is no way I can claim the seat unless DAP‘s top leadership allows me to contest the Bakri seat in the next general election,’’ Chua added.
The former five-term MP said he was not disappointed with Lim Guan Eng for rejecting his suggestion that he contest the Bakri seat in the next election.
“I understand the seat belongs to DAP and they want to hold on to their seat currently held by Er Teck Hwa and I do not have further intention to go against them for the seat.’’
“I have already served for five terms as an MP and the reason I joined Pakatan is to fulfil my god-given mandate and the desires of my heart to see the country head towards the right track.’’
Chua served as MP for Bakri from 1986 to 2008 for five terms while he was still a member and leader in the MCA.
Prior to joining PKR, Chua contested for the MCA presidency twice and lost. In the 2008 general election he was not chosen by the MCA to defend the Bakri seat.
A blog post in The Unspinners stated Chua did not expect Guan Eng to shoot down his idea to contest.
The blogger quoted a report by Chinese daily Sin Chew stating the Penang chief minister told him the seat belonged to the DAP and that Chua should back off from eyeing the constituency.
Chua in a news report later denied he was eyeing to re-contest in his former constituency.