GEORGE CITY: Deputy Chief Minister Penang II Dr. P. Ramasami and State Ex-Member Zairil Hir Yohari were the biggest victims in the elections to state parties.
Both Dr. Ramasami and Zairil, who were former vice-chairmen, could not make the reduction to 20 committee members after receiving 303 votes and 328 votes, respectively.
Other well-known names that failed at the state level were Datuk A. Tanaseharan, MP from Jelutong P.S.N Rayer and Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto.
As expected, Chief Minister Chow Con Yeou received the highest votes of 520 and was elected chairman of the party.
He will be assisted by state ex-member Jagdep Singh Deo, who collected 468 votes, which is the second largest in the DAP state convention yesterday.
Paya Terubong Yeoh Soon Hin, State Executive Counselor and Assembler, was the third surprise with 458 votes, and Senator Lim Hui Ying, DAP Secretary of State, won 448 votes.
However, Dr. Ramasami and Zairil were appointed vice-presidents of the party.
Hui Ying was re-appointed secretary with Yeo as her assistant. Bukit Bender M.P. Wong Hon Vai was appointed State Treasurer with former State Executive Counsel Datuk Danny Lowe as an assistant.
Bernama previously told DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, stating that the government will adopt a trinuclear approach in order to improve the country's economy and increase investor confidence.
Lim, who is also the finance minister, said that the three cores “germinate” to provide economic growth, “provide jobs” for job creation and “for the poor” to overcome poverty.
He said that the approaches have been successfully adopted by the DAP administration in Penang since 2008, and now it is also used to restore the country's economy.
“We will do our best to get the country's economy back on the right path to improve the quality of life for people.
“If we can show that the economy is much better now, we don’t need to worry about the next general election. We will definitely win, ”he said, after yesterday’s meeting of the Penang DAP conference.