SEBERANG PERAI, April 10 — A former PKR state executive councillor in Kedah, Tan Chow Kang, has decided to stand for election in the Sungai Bakap seat here in Penang.
The 76-year-old claimed he was dropped as a candidate by PKR back in 2013 due to his age so he decided to leave the party for Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM).
“I decided to join PRM and contest in this general election to prove that I am not too old to be an assemblyman,” he told reporters at the party’s press conference to announce its candidates in Penang.
Tan was PKR’s Sidam assemblyman in Kedah between 2008 and 2013. He joined PRM in 2014.
He was also the state’s Environment, Chinese Affairs and Transport Committee chairman in Kedah.
“I joined PKR in 2000 because I believed in their fight for Reformasi but when they dropped me as a candidate to give way to younger candidates in 2013, I lost confidence in the party.
“They have forgotten their Reformasi. I spent almost 20 years with PKR calling for Reformasi against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and now suddenly, Mahathir is with them,” referring to the reform movement started in 1998 to oppose Dr Mahathir.
He said PRM now gives him the freedom to fight for the people and their rights.
“PRM stands on its own, we are a party that believe only in serving the people and nothing else, so we do not take any sides at all,” he said.
Tan said the party may be small with limited funds but it has a cause that the people will support because the party is one that cares for the people.
He admitted he had initially wanted to contest in Kedah again, but Penang PRM had asked that he contest in its state, so he picked Sungai Bakap.
Tan will be going against a PKR and Barisan Nasional candidate in the seat which is located under the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat.