Boo Chang asks party to clear allegations instead of attacking him

(The Star) – Former PKR division leader Lim Boo Chang wants PKR to answer his allegations about the party’s poor governance instead of attacking him personally over his decision to exit the party last week.

Lim, who quit as the Bukit Gelugor PKR division head and Penang Municipal councillor last week, said among the reasons he quit the party was his misgivings over the controversial RM300mil subterranean Penang Interna­tional Convention and Exhibition Centre (sPICE) project.

“I am also upset over the alleged interference of the state government in the administration of MPPP,” he added.

Instead, Lim said he was lambasted with claims by state PKR leaders that he was only interested in contesting a seat in the next general election.

“Let me stress here that I left PKR because they failed to function effectively as a political organisation.

“It is not about me wanting a seat in the next election,” he said.

Lim said it was his division that nominated him to contest either the Sungai Nibong state seat or the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat.

On claims that he was a “serial” party hopper, Lim said he was a victim of circumstances.

“I am a principled person who leaves a party if I feel quitting is the best option when the party is no longer able to be honest with itself.”

Lim, 56, a former Gerakan vice-president, quit to join MCA before joining PKR in 2007.

In 2009, he defeated Batu Uban assemblyman S. Raveentharan for the Bukit Gelugor PKR division chairman’s post and was a two-term Datuk Keramat assemblyman under Gerakan and MCA.

“PKR has fallen into the trap of growing-up pains.

“The steep learning curve is difficult for them, but they are not helping themselves.”

He claimed that the internal level of politicking in PKR was more intense than Barisan Nasional.