Chow dismisses ‘hidden hands’ allegations on Penang DAP candidates’ selection

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Caretaker Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has dismissed allegations of “hidden hands” behind the state DAP candidates’ selection for the upcoming state election.

“There must be at least 10 hands. Why? Because the candidate selection committee comprises five people.

“It is a unanimous decision. In the state, we accept it,” he told reporters today.

Yesterday, caretaker Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy, who was dropped from the candidates’ list had alleged hidden hands behind the selection of candidates.

Former Bagan Dalam assemblyman M Satees also claimed the state candidates’ list was determined by an “emperor”.

Chow, however, acknowledged voices of discontent among party members following the announcement of candidates on Tuesday by party secretary-general Anthony Loke.

He said in any election, there was bound to be dissatisfaction when the candidates list was announced.

“There are some who opt to leave the party to contest as an independent. This happens every time. It is nothing new.

“However, the voices of discontent which we have been hearing for the past two to three days must be dealt with by the party.

“And we will ensure our election machinery is not affected in any way,” he added.

Earlier this morning, former DAP Kampung Jawa Auto City branch leader David Marshel announced that he would be contesting as an independent candidate for the Prai seat.

He quit the party yesterday.

Meanwhile, Chow again urged the leadership and members to focus on campaigning to win in the state election. – NST