25 August 2016
Outsiders meddling in Penang Gerakan, again?
Party grassroots leader claims outsiders now privy to dirty laundry aired by Penang Gerakan Chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
SHAH ALAM: Why are outsiders being dragged in to resolve Penang Gerakan’s problems?
A party insider raised this poser today after a picture of Gerakan defectors appeared recently apparently to discuss Gerakan’s internal problems.
The insider claimed Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) Vice-President Huan Cheng Guan and former PKR MP Tan Tee Beng were seen in the picture with outgoing Penang Gerakan Chairman Teng Chang Yeow. Huan and Tan were former Gerakan members.
In a snapshot of a group WhatsApp chat made available to FMT, it appeared that Huan posted a picture of the meeting, with the caption: “In view of the recent Gerakan internal squabbling, talk (sic) is ongoing between PCM, Tan Tee Beng and Teng Chang Yeow”.
PCM is an independent, but BN-friendly party based in Penang.
It was learnt the picture was taken yesterday at the Penang Gerakan headquarters.
Also seen in the picture were acting Penang Gerakan Chairman Oh Tong Keong, Jelutong Gerakan Chairman Ng Fook On, state Gerakan Secretary Hng Chee Wey and Penang Gerakan liaison committee member Lee Boon Tian.
The insider said it was unusual and unethical for Teng to talk about internal party matters with outsiders.
The Gerakan leader also said it was in defiance of a gag order issued by party President Mah Siew Keong to Penang Gerakan recently.
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24 August 2016
BN leaders deny Umno out to seize Penang BN chief post from Gerakan
Penang BN leaders are denying that Umno is out to seize the state BN chief post from Penang Gerakan chairperson Teng Chang Yeow.
Teng, when met in Tasek Gelugor on Sunday, dismissed the issue, saying, “I do not know, ask the veteran leader from Gerakan who said so.”
He was referring to the anonymous Gerakan veteran leader quoted in an online news portal as saying that Umno wants to take over the state BN chief post from Gerakan as the party is weak.
Meanwhile, Penang Umno liaison chief Zainal Abidin Osman denied that the party’s state level liaison committee had ever discussed taking over the post from Teng.
He said the state BN chief post in a state governed by the opposition – Pakatan Harapan – does not have political or administrative power.
“There is also nothing special about it except (those holding the post must be) trustworthy. The task and duties are heavy; we never fought for the post,” said Zainal, who is also Penang federal action liaison committee chairperson.
“We will continue to lend our cooperation and support for Teng as the state BN chief and with other component parties to work to restore the people’s confidence in BN.”
‘Umno can steer Penang BN, with Gerakan’s blessings’
Umno’s apparent offer to take over the Penang BN chairmanship may give a chance to Gerakan to focus on garnering Chinese votes, says political pundit.
GEORGE TOWN: Umno is capable of leading Penang BN, but only with Gerakan’s blessings, a political analyst said.
This followed speculation that a federal Umno minister was coveting the top post.
Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Political Sociologist Dr Sivamurugan Pandian said the move may realign Gerakan’s focus on bringing back the Chinese votes in Penang, while Umno focuses on the election machinery as a whole.
He said Umno had a proven track record compared with other BN component parties which have yet to yield solid results.
“Umno can lead if Gerakan feels it is time to bring new changes.
“It might allow them (Gerakan) to focus on bringing back Chinese votes if this new methodology works well,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Today, a senior Gerakan member told FMT there would be a major shake-up in Penang BN, with the chairmanship seconded to Umno.
Traditionally, the state Gerakan chairman has held the chairmanship.