List for S’gor council seats amended without state committee’s knowledge
PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor Teresa Kok is in a huff over six changes in the list of nominees for local council seats, allegedly made by fellow exco member Ronnie Liu.
Kok said Liu had changed the recommended list made by Selangor DAP without consulting the state committee.
“We are pretty upset with what is happening and we had a meeting with him last week.
“We have re-submitted a final list to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and, hopefully, there will be no more hiccups after this,” said Kok, who is state DAP chairman.
The trouble started when Liu, the state Local Government, Research and Development Committee chairman, allegedly made the amendments to the list of people recommended to sit in the state’s 12 local councils.
Of the 90 names nominated by the party, Liu allegedly amended six of them without the party’s knowledge.
Liu, it is learnt, had argued that he as the exco in charge of local government had the right to nominate candidates to fill the NGO quota.
Kok and other state leaders only realised the changes after receiving calls from the people who found their names missing from the list on Friday.
This is the first time that the party’s list had been amended.
A party official said Liu’s alleged action has now caused a rift in the state DAP as the candidate list had been mutually agreed to by two feuding factions Kok, Ean Yong Hian Wah and Tony Pua on one side and Datuk Teng Chang Khim, Ng Swee Lee, S. Ramakrishnan and T. Kannan on the other.
“In the interest of party unity, both factions had a meeting recently and decided to work together.
“They had agreed on the distribution of council seats between the two factions,” said the party official.
It is understood that six incumbent councillors whose names were removed all belong to Teng’s camp.
The party official said they were party members and not NGO officials.
Incumbent councillor K. Yogasigamany said he was shocked at his exclusion from the Shah Alam City Council despite the party’s assurances that he had been nominated for another term.
Yogasigamany said Kok had also claimed there was a mix-up and was taking steps to rectify it.