Trouble brewing in Johor DAP with talk of EGM

(The Star) – TROUBLE is brewing in Johor DAP with talk that an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) may be called to oust state chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau over candidate selection for the coming general election.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the speculation started when former Johor DAP Youth chief Teo Eng Ching and her husband, former state DAP Youth deputy chief Chang Teck Chee, were dropped from the list.

In the 2008 election, Teo and Chang contested and lost the Labis parliamentary seat and Bekok state seat respectively.

Teo and Chang were not picked as some quarters had complained that the couple owed the state Youth’s foundation. Dr Boo had requested the couple settle the financial issue before considering them for selection.

However, Dr Boo’s request angered Teo’s father Teo Chin Liang, a party veteran who was said to have canvassed members to call for an EGM to oust Dr Boo.

However, sources said they failed to meet the quorum, which needed the support of at least 60% of the branches or branch delegates. Sources said another group was emerging to fight the group calling for the EGM.

Chang said he and Teo had announced that they would not contest in the election and that he had not heard anything about an EGM.

On his financial issue, Chang merely said it had been passed on to the party headquarters and he had submitted related documents.

Dr Boo declined to comment but said the state DAP was “stable and united”.