Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Penang Barisan Youth chief quits

Penang Barisan Youth chief quits (updated)

BUTTERWORTH: Citing unhappiness with recent political developments in Penang, Huan Cheng Guan has quit as Penang Barisan Nasional Youth chief with immediate effect.

The state Gerakan Youth Chief, who sent his resignation letter via SMS to Barisan leaders and the media at about 12.30pm on Tuesday, said he had also conveyed his decision to Barisan Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein.

“Under present circumstances, it is not appropriate for me to hold the post,” he said in the SMS.

He was referring to the press conference at Menara Umno in George Town on Monday, when supporters of Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail tore up a poster of former Penang chief minister and Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

Dr Koh had later announced that Penang Gerakan had severed all ties with Penang Umno following the attacks on him.

Huan, 47, who is also Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BBC) executive secretary, is currently in Taiwan, accompanying 41 other MPs on a week-long study trip.

When contacted later, Huan said he stood by his decision to quit.

“It is impossible for me to carry on as the state Barisan Youth chief. How can you tolerate someone tearing up the photograph of your (party) president?

“There is a limit. This is not common practice in Malaysian politics,” said an angry Huan.

He said he felt the current feud between Gerakan and Penang Umno could not be easily resolved.


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