Tan Hong Pin will contest the Skudai state seat for the coming GE14. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaJOHOR BARU, April 15 — DAP’s long-serving Johor assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau has been dropped from contesting the Skudai state seat for the coming 14th general election (GE14).
The 53-year-old medical doctor and former Johor state Opposition chief will be replaced by incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman Tan Hong Pin.
The official announcement was made by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng at an event in Penggaram, Batu Pahat late last night.
Dr Boo’s departure from the Skudai state seat has been highly-anticipated since early this year.
When contacted by Malay Mail today, Dr Boo said he declined to contest for the Labis parliamentary seat, which had been offered to him by the party leadership on two occasions.
“I declined the candidacy (for Labis) as I feel that it was not a sincere offer by the party’s leadership.
“The Labis parliamentary seat has also been offered to other senior DAP members before me, who similarly declined as well,” he said.
Dr Boo added that to contest in Labis, he needed more time to prepare and understand the constituency better before contesting.
He said he will still maintain his DAP membership and serve as the party’s Taman Ungku Tun Aminah branch chief as well as running his two clinics in Skudai.
It is well-known that Dr Boo has not been on good terms with the current central and state DAP leadership.
As of today, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has announced six of its candidates for two parliament and four state seats in Johor for the GE14.
The line-up includes incumbent Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, who will retain her parliamentary seat.
The 37-year-old Johorean was earlier speculated to be named as the candidate for the Kluang parliamentary seat after its incumbent MP Liew Chin Tong confirmed that he was contesting for the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in Johor.
The Kluang seat will be contested by the party’s parliamentary newcomer incumbent Senai assemblyman and DAP’s Johor state publicity chief Wong Shu Qi.
Following that, three other state seats under the DAP will also retain their incumbents for the GE14.
DAP’s Gan Peck Cheng, Tan Chen Choon and Chew Peck Choo will contest Penggaram, Jementah and the Yong Peng state seats respectively.