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Tan: I will take on Koh anytime, anywhere

Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng has challenged Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to face him in the next general election.

Tan, a former Penang Gerakan Youth vice-chairman, said he was willing to face Dr Koh “anytime, anywhere”.

“He can come to Nibong Tebal to face me or he can name whichever seat he prefers and I will take him on.

“If he refuses to contest against me, that’s fine, but he must come back to Penang and face the people.

“I am even willing to sit out this general election if his condition for coming back is that I don’t contest,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

He also said if Dr Koh was afraid to return to Penang and contest, then the latter was truly a “political eunuch and boh hoot liulian (seedless durian)”.

Tan claimed that Dr Koh, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, lost the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat because he had done little during his leadership of the state from 1990 to 2008.

He added that both Dr Koh and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng were similar in that they both liked to claim credit for their predecessor (the late) Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu’s success.

“What Penang is today is because of Chong Eu’s blueprint for the state. Now these two are saying it is due to them,” he said.

Tan urged Dr Koh to name the “puppet master” said to have allegedly plotted his downfall.

He refused to comment on who he thought was capable of replacing Dr Koh as Gerakan president, saying that it was a party matter.

Tan was sacked from Gerakan in 2000. He contested and won the Nibong Tebal seat on a PKR ticket.

He quit PKR in March last year and joined Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) on Feb 23.

Tan hinted that he would “most likely” contest a state seat in the general election “unless Dr Koh wants to meet me in Nibong Tebal.”

It is learnt that Tan was looking at a state seat within the Bukit Bendera parliamentary constituency.

He said Kita would announce its candidates list and election manifesto next month.

Last Saturday, Dr Koh slammed those who had called for his removal as Gerakan president and minister. The Star Online

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