Sunday, 24 August 2008
First Perak Gerakan Youth in their recent state delegates conference passed a resolution calling on the Gerakan national leadership to withdraw from Barisan Nasional, later Perak Gerakan's main body's state delegates conference did the same,then followed by Kedah Gerakan Youth who also made the similar call for the Gerakan leaders to consider leaving BN due to Umno's continuous dominance and arrogance within the BN partnership.
We had already saw the departure of senior members like, Wong Hoi Cheng (Penang state youth liaison committee member), Lee Kah Choon (deputy secretary-general), Rhina Bhar (wanita chief), Dr Toh Kin Woon (central committee member), now J.F Lim (Bagan division youth secretary) and soon to be Dr Tan Kee Kwong (FT state liaison committee chairman). News were also heard that several Gerakan members in Teluk Bahang are also following suit quit en-bloc to join DAP and PKR.
The off shots of these occurance is particularly on Umno's attitude towards its BN component parties which caused a disastrous defeat of Gerakan, MCA, MIC and PPP. Since after the general election, the leadership effectiveness of Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon have also had many question marks still not answered todate. Delegates who are expected to raise their resentments and questions in the October national delegates conference might put Dr Koh's position in jeopardy.
Dr Koh aim to obtain confirmation to the party presidency may see a possible challenger who wanted to bring Gerakan out of BN and rejuvenate the party.The possible contender to the party presidency Mah Siew Keong (current youth chief), according to a Gerakan insider, is believed to have been informally endorsed by former Gerakan president Dr Lim Keng Yaik to contest for the top post.