KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The DAP today presented a multiracial line-up in its fight for Pahang, a move the party said would help it win seats in Election 2013.
“This shows that DAP is not a Chinese party...” Choong Siew Onn, the Pahang DAP secretary, said when describing how the party had received support from the multiracial society in the state.
He was speaking after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced the list of candidates that included two Malays and an Indian leader.
The DAP appears to be gunning for seats where environmental issues loom large, with former Pulau Manis assemblyman Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz contesting the Raub federal seat while green activist Wong Tack is standing in the Bentong parliamentary seat.
Another environmental activist, Lee Chin Chen, will stand in Ketari, while Chow Yu Hui and Kamache Doray Rajoo will go for Bilut and Sabai respectively. All three state seats are in Bentong.
Incumbent Choong Siew Onn will contest in Tras state seat, while the Pahang DAP chief Leong Ngah Ngah, Pahang DAP deputy chairman Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji and Leong Yu Man will stand in the state seats of Tanah Rata, Mentakab and Triang.
Lim said the DAP candidate for the Cameron Highlands federal seat would be announced later, while two additional state seats were still under discussion and would hopefully be resolved in a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) meeting this afternoon.