Teng willing to face off with Guan Eng in GE13 - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Teng willing to face off with Guan Eng in GE13

Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow said he was willing to meet DAP’s giant in the coming elections, despite his overwhelming popularity in the state.

The giant is no other than Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“It is up to him (to contest against me). This is not about challenging an individual, this is not about a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Bugner,” he said.

“This is about the policies for the state of Penang,” he added in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini.

azlanTeng, who is Gerakan secretary-general, was asked if he was brave enough to contest against Lim in the close-approaching polls, which must be called by June 28.

It is highly speculated that Teng will contest in Bukit Tengah, against a PKR candidate.

It is also highly rumoured that Lim wants a face-off with Teng, to kill off his political career before it even takes off if the latter manages to secure a seat in the Penang legislative assembly.

It is said that Teng has a high chance of winning Bukit Tengah, if he is fielded there, as the seat is openly described one of PKR’s weakest link, with the incumbent there being lawyer Ong Chin Wen.

PKR and DAP swap seats?

If Lim were to face Teng, there may be some seat swapping between DAP and PKR, as had happened between the two parties in Bentong (Pahang) and Gelang Patah (Johor).

On Lim’s visible popularity in Penang, Teng said the DAP-led Pakatan Rakyat administration has all along been a “populist government”.

“But we still need to show the other side, there are no two ways about it but we have to circumvent his popularity,” said Teng when interviewed on Thursday at the state BN operations centre in Jalan Dato Keramat.

“There’s no walkover in this election, you can’t say just because he is popular, do not fight him. How do we do it? Wait for our election campaign,” he added.

On whether Lim’s popularity has increased or subsided over the years since 2008 due to the various anti-Pakatan campaigns by BN and little-known NGOs, Teng merely shrugged and said, “I am not his fan.”

“So I do not have to measure his popularity. I know it is possible but I do not know to what extent,” he added.

Where will Guan Eng contest?

Lim, the Bagan MP and Air Putih assemblyperson, has been rumoured to be shifting seats, though nothing is confirmed yet.

He was even rumoured not to be defending his chief minister’s post in Penang, preferring a federal seat in case Pakatan manages to win Putrajaya.

However, when asked, Lim (left) said he would be retained in a Penang seat, although he declined to comment about continuing his CM post.

“Let the people decide. It’s not for me to decide whether I will be the CM. Let’s win first. It’s not a sure thing, you know. The attacks they make against me (by the BN and NGOs) has been voracious,” he said.

Teng and Gerakan have 13 seats to choose from to be a candidate in the GE, while Lim and the DAP have 19.

In BN, Umno will contest 15 seats, MCA 10 and MIC two, while in Pakatan, PKR will contest 16 seats and PAS, five.

In the 2008 polls, Pakatan seized the state government from BN by capturing 29 seats - DAP won all 19 seats, PKR nine and PAS one, putting its rival in opposition with 11 seats under Umno. Gerakan and MCA failed to win any seats.

SOURCE: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/225033

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