Several DAP leaders, even those outside of Penang, are said to be interested in the coveted post.
(Free Malaysia Today) - Many DAP politicians are aspiring to take over the coveted post of Penang deputy chief minister II.
The seat is currently held by the party’s deputy secretary-general P Ramasamy, who is also the MP for Batu Kawan and Prai state assemblyman.
Commenting about Ramasamy, who is now in the limelight due to a public spat with party national chairman Karpal Singh, who has openly asked the former to quit, a source said the academic is an inexperienced politician.
“He failed to touch base and connect with the grassroots members and treated everyone as new members,” the source told FMT.
There are talks that Bukit Mertajam MP, Chong Eng, would contest a state seat in the next general election and assume the deputy chief minister post.
“She considers herself half-Indian by virtue of having an Indian husband,” said the source.
It is also rumoured that Karpal’s son and Datuk Keramat state rep Jagdeep Singh Deo is eyeing the post as well, but according to the source, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not favour this.
Those aligned to Ramasamy said that Jagdeep should have accepted an exco post if he was interested.
“This was not the case. Indians were allocated two exco posts. Ramasamy accepted one.
“Jagdeep, (Bagan Dalam state rep) A Thanasekaran and (Seri Delima rep) RSN Rayer declined the offer,” said one supporter.