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GE13: ‘Rocket’ disrupts Guan Eng’s speech


<b>Deflated:</b> DAP party members holding
up the inflatable ‘rocket’ banner during
the ceramah in Kulaijaya. Deflated: DAP party members holding up the inflatable ‘rocket’ banner during the ceramah in Kulaijaya.

KULAIJAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's speech at a ceramah here was interrupted when an inflatable “rocket” banner decorating the stage area deflated and collapsed.

The incident created slight unrest among the crowd and Lim had to pause his speech as party members rushed in, holding the decoration up for a few minutes until it could be restored to its original state.

During the ceramah at Jalan Pasar, here, Lim announced that DAP's Teo Nie Ching, who had been serving as Serdang MP since 2008, would contest the Kulaijaya parliamentary seat.

Both Teo and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua had earlier been shortlisted for the seat which was held by MCA's Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.

Teo will now face Kulai MCA division deputy chairman Tay Chin Hein, 45, in the contest.

“This is the first time the party has fielded a female candidate for the parliamentary seat,” said Lim.

On her selection, Batu Pahat-born Teo said that she felt heavy hearted about leaving Selangor as she had to leave her eight-month-old baby daughter in her husband's care.

“But it is a challenge for me, personally, to fight, along with party veteran Lim Kit Siang, to create a political tsunami in the south,” she said.

Lim also announced that Johor DAP's Socialist Youth (Dapsy) assistant publicity secretary and progressive social research executive director Wong Shu Qi, 30, would be the candidate for the Senai state seat.This means that the outgoing Senai state assemblyman Ong Kow Meng has been dropped by the party.

Ong was not present at the event.

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