GERAKAN IS THE BIGGEST FROG. THE WHOLE PARTY HOPPED OVER TO BARISAN NASIONAL IN 1972.
LIKE THE MCA, IT HAS BEEN REJECTED BY THE CHINESE IN MALAYSIA.
GERAKAN IS CONSIDERED A MUCH SMALLER DOG THAN THE MCA.
IN GE 14, GERAKAN WON NOTHING. IT HAS NO STATE OR PARLIAMETARY SEAT.
23 June 2018
Gerakan unanimously decides to leave Barisan Nasional
PETALING JAYA: Gerakan has unanimously decided to leave the Barisan Nasional coalition, said the party’s central committee in a press release on Saturday (June 23).
“The decision was made after serious and comprehensive deliberation, reflection and consideration of the current political developments of the country post-GE14. The sentiment of the grassroots was taken into consideration, while elections at the branch level are underway nationwide,” said the central committee.
The committee added that it is “absolutely necessary” for Gerakan to embark on a new political journey with freedom, empowerment and an assertion in pursuing what the party believes is best for Malaysia and Malaysians.
“The decision is in line with the new aspirations, needs and demands of the people post-GE14, we decided that Gerakan must chart a new direction to sustain ourselves and continue our struggle,” added the central committee.
It said that it leaves Barisan on good terms, adding that Gerakan will be an independent party in the Opposition bloc to offer a check-and-balance to the Pakatan Harapan government.
13 January 2018
Gerakan sends list of candidates, may switch some seats with MCA
Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong confident Penangites will vote in some members to keep a check-and-balance on what DAP-led government is doing.
KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan has submitted a list of potential candidates from all races for the coming general election to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Party president Mah Siew Keong said the candidates for 45 parliamentary and state seats were mostly new faces and they had worked hard in the areas for the past five years.
Mah said the party is still negotiating five seats with fellow BN component parties and did not rule out the possibility of swapping seats with MCA.
“Switching seats is possible but we have not finalised the matter yet,” he said during a press conference after holding a meeting with Najib at Gerakan headquarters in Cheras.
Mah, who is also the plantation industries and commodities minister, said he did not wish to see “zero sum game” between Gerakan and MCA.
“I cannot deny we (MCA, Gerakan) have had problems before.
“But we came to an understanding that we need to work together in this 14th general election,” he said.
Earlier this month, Gerakan and MCA held a joint gathering at MCA headquarters to strengthen their working relationship.
The gathering was attended by over 2,500 MCA and Gerakan members.
23 August 2017
Kit Siang: Gerakan now a ‘Three Stooges’ party
Gerakan has been reduced to a party of “Three Stooges” which only speaks on trivial matters said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
The stooges Lim said, were Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong, party Penang chief Teng Chang Yeow, and vice-president Dominic Lau.
Picking on Mah, the DAP veteran said the Gerakan president had “created political history by issuing a challenge, not on behalf of himself, but on behalf of another, when he challenged me to contest against Teng in the 14th general election (GE14).”
Last Tuesday, Teng challenged Lim to abandon the Gelang Patah seat and fight him in Penang instead.
“My advice to Teng remains the same: he cannot be an effective commander-in-chief of Penang BN in GE14 if he is a coward, as no BN candidate in Penang would have respect for him.
“Teng should announce that he will return to Padang Kota where he had been assemblyperson for three terms from 1995 to 2008 to break the Gerakan ‘egg’ in the Penang State Assembly for two terms in the forthcoming GE14.
“If Teng dares not return to Padang Kota to fight Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow, he should just call it a day in Gerakan politics,” Lim said.
“If Gerakan leaders dare not speak up on the great rights and wrongs in Malaysia, they should not discourage or obstruct Malaysians who dare to speak up for the country,” he added.
20 August 2016
Led by ‘puppets’, Gerakan members say party in critical crisis
Dr Thor Teong Gee’s resignation from all party posts in Gerakan on Thursday has revealed serious leadership problems within party’s Penang chapter, say former and current leaders.
Thor, the party’s former national deputy secretary, resigned after acting chairperson Oh Tong Keong took to the press to say why the former was not qualified to be the candidate for the Sungai Pinang state seat.
Thor had given up his seat to Oh but the latter insisted that he was merely telling the truth, saying there were differences in opinions in the national and state leadership over the choice of candidates for the coming national polls.
He echoed state Gerakan chief-cum-state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow’s remarks during the Jelutong division annual general meeting (AGM) on Aug 13, where he chided party veterans for intervening in the selection of candidates.
Teng had said he would respect the decision of the party central leadership, but would expect them to show reciprocity by heeding the opinions of the grassroots to ensure winnable candidates would be fielded at seats like Jelutong, which has a chance for a ‘zero breakthrough’ in the coming polls.
Former state Gerakan wanita chief Rowena Yam, who resigned from her post last year, finds the current developments not surprising because more than a year ago, she had already noticed the party being “directionless”.
“Honestly, there are many puppets inside just taking instructions without knowing what is happening,” she told Malaysiakini.
“They are more concerned with the infighting, backstabbing and who goes up the hierarchy rather than issues which can benefit the people or what they can do for the people,” she added.
“The public do not want to see that and airing dirty laundry in public does not help at all.,” she stressed.
“What more do they want? We have taken a step back and let them do things their way. Why do they still want to attack?” she asked.
Situation has reached ‘a critical stage’
Rowena has been very quiet since her resignation last year but has been following developments in the party. To her, the situation has reached “a critical stage”.
Pulau Tikus branch chief Dr Tan Boon Cheong observed that the party now lacks “independent-minded” leaders but are led by followers who carry out instructions without questioning or analysing the critical issues at hand.
He felt that independent and intellectual-minded members are being sidelined and the party is being plagued by factional war.
He added that leaders prefer to divide and rule instead of promoting unity between the diverse membership, adding, “Followers are easier to control”.
Gerakan’s deputy sec-gen quits all posts, cites personal attacks
Susan Loone Published 18 Aug 2016, 1:22 pm
Gerakan, especially its Penang chapter, has been plagued with internal squabbling and personal attacks over seat allocations and candidates lists.
And now, the party’s deputy secretary-general Dr Thor Teong Gee has resigned from all his posts, claiming that state acting chairperson Oh Tong Keong tarnished his reputation.
Speaking at a press conference today, Thor said he has been blamed for the problems concerning the Jelutong division’s list of candidates.
Thor claimed that he conceded the contest for the Sungai Pinang seat to Oh, but that Oh has criticised him and undermined his political reputation.
“I am feeling sad, disappointed and hurt over those actions which were done in bad faith.
“I always believe that party matters should not be brought to the public (sphere) as they do not help resolve the problems and issues faced by the rakyat.
“However, the repeated (public) attacks against me have left me with no choice but to defend my integrity openly,” he said.
Thor was responding to a report in China Press yesterday where Oh (photo) pointed out that the constituency coordinator for Sungai Pinang has yet to be finalised.
According to the Chinese daily, Oh stated three reasons why the party’s Jelutong division rejected and refused Thor’s nomination as the Sungai Pinang coordinator.