By Terence Netto

DAP, PKR reinforce ethnic stereotypes in Penang line-up

COMMENT Former Penang PKR chief and renegade MP for Bayan Baru, Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, is entitled to a pat on his back following the swearing-in of the Penang state executive council yesterday.

Zahrain, whose Bayan Baru parliamentary seat was regained by Sim Tze Tzin in an overall PKR GE13 performance in Penang in which the party's Chinese slate did surpassingly well, chided DAP's Lim Guan Eng in 2008 when the latter suggested that the three executive council seats for PKR be occupied by its Malay reps to give racial balance to a state cabinet overly laden with DAP's Chinese reps.

"We are a multiracial party, not a Malay party," was Zahrain's tart reminder to Lim...