Keadilan leader withdraws from line-up

Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

While the transitional line-up of Parti Keadilan Rakyat arising from the merging of Keadilan and PRM is yet to be finalised, at least one party leader is sure his name won't be there.

Keadilan supreme council member Ng Lum Yong told malaysiakini today that he wished to be excluded from consideration in the leadership of the new party.

He said he has contributed four years of his time and energy to Keadilan since its birth in 1999 and "it is time younger leaders led the party".

The new line-up, to comprise 60 leaders from both parties, is expected to be revealed on Jan 18 by Keadilan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PRM president Dr Syed Husin Ali.

Though Ng declined to comment further on his 'withdrawal', he had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the party, especially its performance in Sabah's Gaya parliamentary seat by-election in October.

In a statement released to the press today, but which was allegedly distributed to all supreme council members last month, Ng said DAP's better performance compared with Keadilan's points to the unpopularity of the latter's stand on the Islamic state issue.

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