Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday, 19th
February 2008 in Petaling Jaya:
Fong Po Kuanís abrupt departure from DAPís parliamentary team
has hurt not only DAP politically but also caused pain and
sorrow at the baseless allegations hurled by the BN-controlled
mass media that DAP wanted to force Fong out of her seat. DAP is
prepared to face the possibility of losing Batu Gajah
parliamentary seat following Fongís decision not to recontest.
DAP is also prepared to face the political damage of reduced
winning chances in other seats throughout the country, making
this coming general elections and even more uphill battle.
But DAP is not prepared to accept lies in the BN-controlled mass
media that Fongís decision was tied to other leaders trying to
grab her Batu Gajah seat and forcing her to contest elsewhere.
Fong made it clear of her continued support for DAP in her press
conference and published letter she had sent to me as to the
reasons why she chose not to recontest. Fong also made it clear
that she remained a DAP member and will continue to urge voters
to vote in the DAP to deny BN its 2/3 majority.
No mention was there made by Fong that she was forced to give up
her Batu Gajah seat and contest elsewhere. She had made the
decision not to recontest after I have informed her a day before
that she would definitely be renominated for the Batu Gajah
parliamentary seat. There is total unanimity at all levels from
the Perak state to the national that she is the best and only
choice for the Batu Gajah parliamentary. This explains why the
party is still trying to get Fong to reconsider her decision to
I had tried to meet her in Ipoh yesterday but was unable to do
so and will persist in my efforts that she reconsider. There is
no doubt that DAP leaders loves and cherishes Fong and the BN-mass
media in their haste at ensuring an overwhelming victory for BN
should stop their dishonest tactics of spinning lies.