Tussle for Liberal Democratic Party leadership

Tussle for Liberal Democratic Party leadership
Party vice-president Pang Yuk Ming (L) and President Liew Vui Keong (R)

KOTA KINABALU - A leadership tussle is on the cards in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) with party vice-president Datuk Pang Nyuk Meng keen to take on president Datuk V.K. Liew.

Pang, who is state assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, is prepared to go ahead with his plans to challenge a weakened Liew, who was defeated as the Sandakan MP at the 13th general election.

"I am keen to contest but I have not yet made a firm decision because I need to get the opinion of my grassroots leaders," Pang said.

"If they say contest, I will take up the decision. If they say don't, I will respect their decision,'' he said yesterday.

Pang's move comes after a resolution by the LDP supreme council not to contest the top two positions during the party's annual congress on Sept 19-20.

Pang said the supreme council's decision was not binding as it was for the 800 delegates to decide if there should be a contest for any position within the party.

Liew, a former Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department, meanwhile called on Pang to reconsider his decision while urging him not to be influenced by external factors.

"It is part of democracy if he (Pang) wants to contest but I feel that he should look at the decision of the supreme council.

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