Young doctor to take on ‘Old Lion’ Karpal in Bukit Gelugor

(The Malay Mail) – The Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) is planning to field a medical candidate in the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat to challenge DAP chairman and veteran politician Karpal Singh in the coming general election.

This is to fulfill the wish of Malaysians for young MPs to replace older ones, said PCM vice-president Huan Cheng Guan.

In a statement yesterday, he said it was time for the constituents to decide whether they wanted to retain a 72-year-old DAP stalwart or to let a 27-year-old doctor, whom he did not name, to serve them.

“The party is unfazed that Karpal has announced that his candidacy for the seat. We recognise the veteran politician’s contributions to the constituents but we strongly feel he should retire and give way to younger politicians,” Huan said.

“The DAP and Karpal are at loggerheads over PAS’ hudud issue, and DAP leaders feel if one is not involved in crime, they need not worry about the implementation of hudud.”

Huan said Karpal believed hudud was inconsistent with the Federal Constitution.

He said Karpal was no longer welcomed in DAP and should retire with dignity and allow his two sons to serve the party.

He also said the unnamed PCM candidate had learned the constituents were looking for a young candidate to serve them better, and more efficiently and effectively.