Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lim: I overruled dad on Perak boycott - Malaysiakini

Beh Lih Yi & Steven Gan | May 13, 08 2:16pm

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is DAP secretary-general, revealed that he stepped in to overrule his father, party supremo Kit Siang, on the issue of boycotting the swearing-in of the Perak mentri besar whose post went to a PAS leader.

MCPXOn March 12, four days after the general election which saw the Pakatan Rakyat opposition taking power in five states including Perak, Kit Siang had rebuffed the appointment of a PAS man as mentri besar.

"The decision to appoint PAS assemblyperson Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as Perak mentri besar has caused shock and consternation to DAP leaders, members and supporters," he said in a controversial press statement.

He also vowed that all DAP Perak assemblypersons would stay away from the swearing-in ceremony for the Perak mentri besar scheduled the next day.

Kit Siang’s statement came hours after it was announced in Ipoh that the Regent of Perak has agreed on Nizar’s appointment.

"I overruled that," Guan Eng told Malaysiakini in a 70-minute interview at the Parliament lobby a week ago.

More details at www.malaysiakini.com

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