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Teng fires return salvo at Kit Siang over election dare

PETALING JAYA: Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow has returned fire to DAP's stalwart Lim Kit Siang in what appears to be another round of banter over facing off each other in the upcoming elections.
Teng said in a statement on Tuesday that Lim had first challenged him to contest in the Sungai Pinang and Batu Lancang Penang state seats which are considered to be a DAP stronghold.
"Yesterday, he challenged me again and wanted me to return to Padang Kota state seat.  Again, I accepted his challenge to contest in any of the seats he mentioned, as long as he openly announces that he is coming back to Penang to contest," said Teng.
"But he finds it so difficult to answer with a simple Yes or No," he added.
Teng had lost in the Padang Kota seat to DAP's Chow Kon Yeow in the 2008 General Election where he was the incumbent for the previous three terms.
He then contested the Bukit Tengah seat in the 2013 General Election, which Lim described as a "safe seat" for Gerakan.
But Teng said he will not “chicken out” from any challenges, compared to Lim who had a previous history of “running away" from one constituency to another.
“In 1995, he challenged Dr. Koh Tsu Koon for the Tanjong Bunga state seat and lost, but he dared not return to face him again in the 1999 General Election. Instead, he chose to take on Dr. Teng Hock Nan in the then Kebun Bunga state seat and Bukit Bendera Parliamentary seat against Chia Kwang Chye.  Both Gerakan leaders were then not considered leaders of Lim Kit Siang’s stature," said Teng.
Teng added that Lim lost to both candidates and then went to contest the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat in the 2004 General Election.
He said that while he is a “junior” compared to Lim, the DAP veteran should learn a lesson about humility.
“I don’t think the people of Penang have ever forgotten his arrogance by touting himself as CM with power and as a Robocop in his Tanjong 3 campaign in the 1995 General Election," said Teng.
He added that such arrogance has become a hallmark of the DAP-led state government.
"NGOs are often ticked off by remarks from DAP leaders such as ‘not your father's  land’ over the annual ceremony of praying to the Jade at the Chew Jetty," said Teng.
Lim, 76, is known to not have a permanent seat throughout his five-decade political career.
Currently the Gelang Patah MP, he previously was the Ipoh Timur MP for two terms beginning with the 2004 General Election.
Before that, he contested and won the Tanjong parliamentary seat in 1986 after serving as the Kota Melaka MP after the 1982 General Election.
Speculation is rife that he will contest in Penang in the upcoming general election after a screenshot of his voting district being changed from Johor to Penang was widely circulated on social media.
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