Looks like Gerakan has some tough decisions to make, if they are to survive as a party. This is what Koh Tsu Koon says here:
“If you go on sentiments alone, I would say more than 60% (want us to leave), but we are taking a lot of factors into consideration, and a decision cannot be based just on sentiments.
I believe one of the factors is the Gerakan reps with positions in government will probably lose their positions if they pull out.
The choice for the party is simple: either return to its roots and embrace the reform agenda whole-heartedly (can it really do that within the Barisan and with the current party leadership?) or lose more and more of their members and disappear into oblivion.
And what is the reform agenda? To me, that would mean:
- removing all repressive laws,
- wiping out corruption and money politics; disentangling business from politics
- committing seriously to multi-ethnic politics,
- narrowing the wide income disparities and wiping out poverty
- providing universal access to quality health care and education
- ensuring the dignity of workers and upholding workers’ rights,
- ensuring that development is holistic and people-centred (i.e. truly beneficial to the people), and
- protecting the environment.