by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
BANGI MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (picture) announced his decision not to run as a candidate in the 15th general election (GE15) and take a break from the political front.
Ong, 46, said in a statement today that he will give his full support to anyone to be fielded as the DAP candidate for Bangi in GE15, and continue to serve in the constituency and the party until Parliament is dissolved.
He said his decision to take a break as a GE15 candidate was not due to the recent DAP central executive committee election which played a role in confirming my decision to take a break from frontline politics.
“When I was first offered to be a candidate for the Serdang parliamentary seat, my agreement with my wife was that I would serve two terms and then re-evaluate the situation.
“By the end of the second term, I believe I have served the constituency, the party and the country to the best of my ability. Now is the time for the younger generation in the party to take over the leadership,” he said.
Ong added that he will not retire from politics but will just be resting to regroup and refresh himself and be ready to serve the party and the country in the future if his services are needed.
“For my immediate planning after GE15, I will take a much-needed break and spend some time exercising, reading and reflecting on how and where I can put the skills and knowledge I have accumulated over nine years to the best level use,” he added.
He expressed full confidence in Anthony Loke’s leadership as the new DAP secretary general and urged all party members and leaders to show their full support for Loke and the role he would play in leading the Pakatan Harapan into GE15.
He believes Loke and the party leadership will continue to provide opportunities for younger members and leaders to serve the party in various capacities, including being placed as candidates in GE15.
“It has been my honour to serve the voters and residents of Bangi for the past four years and as an MP for the Serdang parliamentary constituency from 2013 to 2018.
“The past nine years of serving as an MP have been a life-changing experience and I have been involved with people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and races in places across the country,” Ong concluded.