Responding to Huan’s challenge that Lim contest in the Penang DAP election this Sunday, Lim lashed back, asking, “Who is he to challenge me? He is not even a party member”.
Lim also said it was too late to even consider contesting at this stage as the deadline for nominations was over.
Huan had earlier dared Lim to contest in his party polls to prove he had more support than current Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
He also said Lim’s refusal clearly meant that he was not the “legitimate” chief minister.
Lim however countered saying that there was no popularity contest between him and Chow given that both had always backed each other. “I have always supported Chow as Penang DAP chairman and he has always supported me as DAP secretary-general.”
A total 48 DAP politicians are vying for 15 elected positions in the state committee in the Sunday internal polls with observers predicting that Chow’s faction would sweep at least two-thirds of the elected positions.
Huan said today that the DAP leader had deliberately misconstrued his challenge and given a stream of lame excuses to avoid contesting.
He also derided Lim’s alleged support of Chow as a means to escape contesting in the state party polls, and suggested that Lim could always contest and win as one of the 15 elected members of the state committee, then later allow Chow to remain as Penang DAP chairman.
“Contesting in the polls is just to prove that he has the support of Penang DAP members, which is something that we all have always doubted.
“Is he afraid to contest?” chided Huan.
He also mocked Lim’s reasoning that he had no right to issue the challenge because he was not a DAP member and countered that argument by saying, “Since Lim is not a BN member, does that mean he should not question BN matters?”
Huan also said he was more than willing to join the DAP in order to earn the right to speak about the party but that Lim had to agree to contest in the Penang DAP polls first.
“I will immediately quit as PCM veep and apply to join DAP as an ordinary member if Lim agrees to contest.
“The ball is in his court. I will join DAP if he contests first. But if I join DAP, he will have nightmares,” said Huan.