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Kit Siang turns down DAP mentor post, wants clean break from politics

He says he will always be available to offer his views but that there is no need for a position.

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Former DAP leader Lim Kit Siang today rejected a proposal by the party’s central executive committee (CEC) for him to play the role of a mentor following his retirement from politics.

In a blog post, the Iskandar Puteri MP thanked DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the new CEC line-up for the proposal, adding that he would always be available to offer his views on the party’s direction.

“There is however no need for any position, and I am therefore declining the CEC’s proposal to be a DAP mentor,” he said.

He also pledged his full support for Loke’s leadership as the sixth secretary-general of DAP.

Lim had announced his retirement from politics at the 17th DAP national congress on March 30.

He also said he would not be contesting the general election to come, and withdrew from the CEC race.

Apart from Iskandar Puteri, he had served as MP for Bandar Melaka (1969-1974); Kota Melaka (1974-1978); Petaling Jaya, Selangor (1978-1982); Kota Melaka (1982-1986); Tanjong, Penang (1986-1999); Ipoh Timur, Perak (2004-2013) and Gelang Patah, Johor (2013-2018).

He was also elected as the assemblyman for Kubu, Melaka (1974-1982); Kampong Kolam, Penang (1986-1990) and Padang Kota, Penang (1990-1995).

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