Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Gerakan leader to quit party soon

Gerakan vice president Huan Cheng Guan is expected to leave the party soon citing disillusionment with the Gerakan’s top leadership for refusing to heed the lesson of its defeat in Penang to Pakatan Rakyat during the general elections last year.

Besides, Huan also confirmed that, if he leaves, he will bring along about 5000 party members to join his departure. Huan, who lost the Bukit Tambun state seat to DAP in the last general elections said he was considering joining another political party but did not name of the party that he is eyeing for.

It looks like Gerakan is beginning to lose all its prominent leaders. Last year, party deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon quit the party to join the Penang state government’s investment arm, while former Penang Gerakan vice chairman Dr Toh Kin Woon quited the party to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and former Gerakan wanita chief Rhina Bhar left the party citing that the party was swaying from its original struggle and her disappointment with the party’s top leadership.

Gerakan’s Federal Territory state liaison committee chairman Dr Tan Kee Kwong also resigned from the party last year to join PKR and later took up a position with the Selangor state government.

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