I refer to the Malaysiakini report Penang BN: Najib wants no debate as MCA backs Gerakan.
As a voter in last general election in Penang, I want to share my views on Gerakan and their problems in Penang.
The people in Penang actually do not reject Gerakan. It is the Gerakan leaders that are rejected.
It was Gerakan under Lim Chong Eu which built up Penang and created the foundation for its development today. All Penangites still remember this and all still have a lot of respect for Lim and Gerakan. The name Lim Chong Eu and Gerakan are synonymous in Penang.
But in the last general election, the people rejected Gerakan leaders, not the party. This is because it is people like Koh Tsu Koon and his group who bowed down to Umno.
They put Umno’s interests above that of Penangites and even that of their own party Gerakan.
Even their ex-president Lim Keng Yaik is one of the causes of the party’s destruction.
He placed all his family members in key positions within the party without thinking of whether these people are capable or not. Just take the example of his son, the Gerakan youth chief. What has this person done for the people to date?
Currently, all the Gerakan leaders in Penang need to be changed if the party’s want to stand any chance of improving its position in the next general election (not taking back Penang but merely to get back one or two lost seats).
All the previous people connected to Koh Tsu Koon must resign including those who lost in the last general election. If there are no new faces for the 13 th general election, the result will still be the same for them as the 12 th general election.
So I think what Umno says is partly correct. ‘No work from Gerakan and all only just talk only in Penang’. But that does not mean letting Umno lead BN Penang which will only make things worse.
They actually just need to ask Koh Tsu Koon to resign. Gerakan just needs to find someone else who is suitable to replace him. Someone new with an image that is not associated to Koh or to the previous Gerakan administration in Penang.