By Clara Chooi
In a surprising turn of events, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran and most of his loyalists failed to survive Perak DAP’s crucial party polls today and was not voted into the top 15 posts on the state committee.
Only one member of his faction, Jalong assemblyman and incumbent party treasurer Leong Mee Meng, made the 15th spot, when the polls results were announced at 7.15pm this evening.
Others in Kulasegaran’s camp like Pasir Pinji assemblyman and incumbent organising secretary Thomas Su Keong Seong; Pasir Berdamar assemblyman and incumbent state committee member Seah Leong Peng; and Cheong Cheong Chi Khing, also an incumbent state committee member; failed to make the cut, along with their leader.
Kulasegaran’s arch-rivals, on the other hand, incumbent state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and incumbent secretary Nga Kor Ming cruised to an easy win and polled the top two highest number of votes of the 41 candidates in the contest.
The results further strengthen the cousin’s hold over DAP’s Perak chapter, once seen to be wracked by a leadership crisis involving the two warring factions.