Malaysia

Mainstream DAP defeats Team Teng, Ronnie Liu voted out

The election also saw the defeat of the controversial Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu.

The winning faction led by another state councillor Teresa Kok is expected to elect her as the new state chairman.

Kok, however, obtained fewer votes than the leader of her rival team Teng Chang Khim who finished fourth.

The Kinrara assemblyman won the 11th place with 437 votes, while State Assembly Speaker Teng obtained 504 votes.

Teng’s team is supported by sacked Klang Municipal Councillor (MPK) Tee Boon Hock who claimed that he was unfairly dismissed from the party over allegations of abuse of power.

Tee was then an MPK councillor and also a member of the local authority’s tender board when he allegedly signed a support letter for his son’s company to obtain a contract.

Liu was also implicated in the scandal but successfully distanced himself and became the target of Tee’s supporters’ campaign in the state party election.

Four other Tee-endorsed leaders who make up the state committee are Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim who obtained 498 votes, Tiew Way Keng (428), Senator S. Ramakrishnan (405), Lim Soon Hong (403) and T. Kannan (402).

Winners from the mainstream group are Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee who obtained the highest vote of 703, Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh (644), Klang MP Charles Santiago (596), Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong (478), Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (478), Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua (463), Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San (459), Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching (452) and Tiew Way Keng (428).

Meanwhile Teng when met after the results announcement described the outcome showed that his team dubbed the rainbow coalition had been successful in the campaign.

“If you look at the results the top three are neutral. I got the highest votes after the three and followed by Ng Suee Lim,” said Teng.

“The delegates accepted our mission, vision and plans,” he added.

The top three winners of Lee, Yeoh and Santiago were perceived by Teng’s faction as neutral candidates, and their names have appeared in both teams’ lists of preferred leaders.

Kok however refused to discuss her vote count, saying that the party should focus on the next general election.

“No setback, we are all looking at general election now. This is just a storm in a teacup,” said Kok.

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