No means no: Dr Boo maintains won't stand in Labis
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DAPâs incumbent Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau (centre) maintained his position to not contest the Labis parliamentary seat. â" Picture courtesy of Skudai state assemblymanâs office JOHOR BARU, April 15 â" DAPâs incumbent Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau tonight maintained his positio n to not contest the Labis parliamentary seat.
This came after Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong urged Dr Boo to reconsider his refusal to contest in the northern Johor parliamentary seat.
âI will maintain my earlier stand to decline the offer of not contesting in Labis as DAPâs MP candidate as it wonât be an easy task.
âIn addition to that, the offer from the partyâs leadership was not sincere as it was earlier offered to several other senior DAP members who all declined as well,â replied Dr Boo when contacted by Malay Mail today.
The two-term Skudai assemblyman and former Johor Opposition leader said he had made several attempts to remain in Skudai as there was an earlier agreement that he will work together with incumbent Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang to strengthen their respective areas.
âThe Skudai state seat and Iskandar Puteri (formerly Gelang Patah) parliamentary seat are relatively safe areas for DAP.
âMy suggestion to Kit Siang was that come the next general election, we can go out to assist in campaigning for DAP candidates in other areas,â he said.
However, Dr Boo said that suggestion was not taken into account and he was still requested to consider going to Labis.
âI heard that even several grassroot leaders have rejected the offer, and they are allowed to stay. So why canât I stay?â he questioned.
It was learnt that the Labis seat was earlier offered to several senior DAP members such as Teng Chang Khim, Gobind Singh Deo and also Johor-born Teo Nie Ching.
However, all three declined to contest in Labis, with Teo adamant not to move from her Kulai parliament seat.
It is understood that the decision to field a senior DAP member in Labis was part of the strategy to back-up new areas that are being fielded by the party for the first time, and includes the Malay-majority area of Ayer Hitam that will be contested by Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong.
Dr Boo said that it was difficult for him to take the offer as it takes hard work and time in order for the community to accept the candidate.
âFor me, I have already built-up my grassroots in Skudai and I also have to take care of two clinics in the area,â he said.
Dr Boo explained that it took him more than two years to have a base in Skudai before contesting there in the 2004 general election, where he lost.
In the 2008 and 2013 general election, Dr Boo made tremendous gains by winning with a majority of 12,854 and five years later with 18,050.
It is well-known that Dr Boo is not on good terms with several central and state DAP leaders.
The 53-year-old medical doctor resigned as the state Opposition leader in 2015 after failing to become a member of the central executive committee.
When asked about his future plans, Dr Boo said that he will still continue to be a DAP member and support th e Pakatan Harapan (PH) cause.
âI wonât be retiring from politics. To me, this is a new phase in my political career and I accept it.
âI am also not keen to stand as an independent candidate for Skudai as it wonât be the right move for my political career,â he said.
In a response, Liew said the offer for Dr Boo to contest in Labis was still open for him, despite him declining it earlier.
âHowever, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang saw him twice and the partyâs secretary-general Lim Guan Eng even flew to Johor specifically to offer the Labis parliamentary seat to him.
âIf this are not considered sincere gestures, I donât know what is,â said Liew when contacted.
Liew was reported to have said that Johor DAP always want Dr Boo to be part of the contributing factor.
On Saturday night, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced in Batu Pahat that Dr Boo will be dropped as the Skudai state seatâs candidate.
This will pave the way for Dr Booâs former protege and incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman Tan Hong Pin to contest in Skudai for the GE14.Source: Google News