“As Guan Eng is not the state DAP Chairman of Penang, it is commonly understood that his position of Secretary-General allowed him to be Penang Chief Minister too”
Although DAP says it is under protest, I applaud DAP’s decision to end this drama by agreeing to RoS’ instructions to hold re-elections.
When I pointed out that Lim Guan Eng would be the main beneficiary should the 2012 and 2013 CEC elections are deemed invalid, I was criticized by DAP’s Anthony Loke who dismissed my frank observation as a “fitnah paling jahat.”
I had merely pointed out that Lim Guan Eng could then extend his term as Secretary General further to at least 18 years- beyond the normal three terms limit of a total of 9 years allowed under their party’s constitution.
As Guan Eng is not the state DAP Chairman of Penang, it is commonly understood that his position of Secretary-General allowed him to be Penang Chief Minister too.
Hence, extending his term as Chairman would also allow him to extend his term as Penang Chief Minister.
Anthony Loke, who is also the acting National Chairman and a leading candidate for the next Secretary General, issued a statement claiming that I was wrong as Guan Eng did not take advantage.
Loke said the proof of Guan Eng not taking advantage is that Guan Eng did not order a re-election in their CEC meeting on 8th July 2017.
But now that DAP and the CEC has just agreed to hold re-elections, does Anthony now mean that Guan Eng has taken advantage and I was right?
If yes, Anthony owes me an apology.
However, if DAP still maintains that the 2012/2013 elections are valid but will hold elections under protest then it would mean that Guan Eng may take the principled stance that his third and final term had ended in 2016 and thus he will no longer offer himself as the Secretary General, and by extension, as Penang Chief Minister.
If this is the case then I will have to agree with Anthony that I was wrong but Guan Eng will not be be Secretary General and/or Penang Chief Minister any more.
Help me out here, YB Loke.