(left) Liew Chin Tong, (right) Dr Boo Cheng hau
JOHOR BARU, April 16 — DAP’s Dr Boo Cheng Hau revealed today that he was in fact given an ultimatum by the party’s leadership to accept or reject the offer to contest in the Labis parliamentary seat.
Dr Boo said he has been told to accept or decline to contest in Labis by Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong last Thursday.
The deadline given to him was by 12pm April 13.
“I was actually given the ultimatum on April 12 and told to respond by 12pm the following day (April 13) to accept or reject the offer to contest in Labis parliament.
“Or else, I will not be offered any place to contest,” he said in his Facebook posting that was posted at about 7.30pm today.
This was contrary to what was reported yesterday when Liew said that the Labis offer is still open to Dr Boo and he did not want to issue ultimatums.
On Saturday night, the DAP leadership announced the party’s incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman and former protege of Dr Boo, Tan Hong Pin as the candidate for the Skudai seat for the coming 14th general election.
This has effectively left Dr Boo, the incumbent Skudai assemblyman without his grassroots seat.
Skudai state assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau (centre) speaking to the residents of Kampung Pouciling in Skudai whose homes were damaged in the freak storm
However, the 53-year-old former Johor Opposition chief declined the party’s offer to stand as candidate in the Labis parliamentary seat.
He cited that the “offer” was not sincere as other senior party members had earlier been offered the seat before him.
In his post, Dr Boo said his answer has been consistent and clear that he has no intention to stand in Labis.
“It is better for the party (DAP), especially the state chairman Sdr. Liew Chin Tong to look for a more suitable candidate and start campaign ASAP to ensure victory there."
“My decision not to contest in Labis is ultimate, please learn to respect my final decision and move on,” said the two-term Skudai assemblyman.