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No change without PKR directive

Lim Guan Eng
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (middle)

SHAH ALAM, 30 Nov 2008: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said any changes in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s candidate for the state’s deputy chief minister post is subject to the party leadership’s directive.

Lim, who attended PKR’s annual congress briefly today, told a press conference the Penang government would wait for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to indicate if there should be a change.

Lim said he presently had no plans to reshuffle the state executive council because there was no proposal from PKR to replace Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

“We believe that he can do better and should not be too self-satisfied,” he said when asked to comment about Mohammad Fairus’ performance.

At the same time, Lim also welcomed the statement by Umno state assemblyperson for Seberang Jaya, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, that he would join Pakatan Rakyat if he was disappointed with the Barisan Nasional.

“We welcome anyone who supports Pakatan (Rakyat)’s principle of justice, basic human rights and social economic justice,” Lim said.

Arif Shah, who stood against and lost to Anwar in the Permatang Pauh by-election in August, was reported to have said that he was seriously considering his future in Umno because of “blatant power abuses” by the party’s Permatang Pauh division.

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