Over 60% of Gerakan members want to quit BN: Koh

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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.
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60% members wanted to leave BN but they have no say…. what democracy is that??? Of course, the President Tsu Koon has the final say or veto power. Now, let us examine the reasons why Tsu Koon Gerakan cannot leave the BN… .. if gerakan leaves BN, and joins Pakatan Rakyat… that means Tsu Koon will be just a follower of Lim Guan Eng. No way is tsu koon going to get back his former post. DAP cannot just hand him the CM post like that, right? so macam mana ini boleh??? If they remain in BN, hopefully Gerakan may… Read more »

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Non-partisan

Many Malaysian parties will capsize following the Tsunami wave of Reform that has started to sweep through the nation. Gerakan can either flow with the wave towards safer harbour or sink against the waves. The safe harbour is NOT Pakatan Rakyat nor DSAI nor Raja Petra. All these entities and personalities are mere instruments of reform that the nation needs. The authorities can oppress and suppress the leaders but they will only give more weight and momentum to the Reform wave. With Najib and new players fighting for the top post in UMNO, the reform agenda is back on track… Read more »

amoker
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Ahmad Ismail tore your photo and you can only come out with this meek response?

Approving Authority
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Approving Authority

The greatest service that this political eunuch KTK can do for the people of Penang is to disband Gerakan and fade away.

KTK doesn’t even have the decency to come clean on the land scams. So why should he be welcomed into Pakatan?

Sunny
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Sunny

No need to say more Tsu Koon. You had me at Gerakan!

Rakesh Bajaj
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Rakesh Bajaj

i sincerely believe koh tsu koon is an excellent leader and would have been as good as lim guan eng if it werent for the fact he has to kowtow to BN leaders.I am sure the land scam is actually not his doing but rather the other fellas that he has to give face to.

he is quite honest and hardworking…

romerz
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Every which way but lose. http://romerz.blogspot.com/2008/09/every-which-way-but-lose.html No, not the movie starring Clint Eastwood and Orville, his pet orangutan, but the options facing Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia at the moment. The Star online reported today that Gerakan is at a crossroads, a defining moment in its history, for what it decides to do next could very well decide whether it survives as a viable political entity or not. The report quotes Acting President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon saying that the party is faced with 3 options. 1. Stay with BN 2. Leave BN and join Pakatan Rakyat 3. Leave… Read more »

Edwin SJ Ng
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Edwin SJ Ng

Let Gerakan be intact. But take the party out of BN. Be independent but aligned to PR. I am sure PR will accept you r affiliation.

As time go by and if KTK fines is synergistic to amalgate with another multi-racial party, then do so.

Your manifesto appear quite similar to those of the other parties in PR. Gerakan’s survival as a political party is crucial now. And I feel that if you move out and be independent like SAPP you will be doing the right thing.

Robotman
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Robotman

You hang in there, bro! UMNO needs you and your elder brother, MCA to play “catch”. You just hang in there, ok? Good Boy! Meanwhile, to other Gerakan members, please form an orderly queue to join Pakatan Rakyat. C U When U Get There!

Cheeers!

kwmark
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kwmark

Pls dun advise KTK to move Gerakan over to PR. (Some of them) are … infected cronies from BN.Look at how he lawak bodoh at the debate with LGE.”Dah jadi kerajaan negeri,masih macam pembangkang”…says KTK…

Dah UMNO pun tak nak Gerakan masih macam muka bawang,tak malu”Let GErakan be disbanded!!!

Sorry Lim Chong Eu,u r well respected in Pg but not ur useless current leaders.Bet Lim Chong Eu will feel betrayed by LKY and his gang!!!

kittykat46
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kittykat46

Gerakan leaders are too entrenched in the BN patronage system for them to quit. I don’t see Gerakan quitting BN until it is well and truly buried, or when BN is no longer the Federal Government, in which case there will be no more patronage to benefit from.

At that point the mercenaries will, of course, quit and probably join PR. Question is – should PR accept these soldiers of fortune ?

PeoplePower
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PeoplePower

Forget abt whatever KTK said la.
Afterall, he is just like a tiger losing his teeth!
In other word, carry no weight!

usan
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usan

60% majority ..get out then this the voice of the majority…

john
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john

I urge you to leave BN. I remember small fries like Khairy can walk all over you with impunity so why stay… The last straw is that whasisname Ahmad something, he practically treated you like dirt. …. you have to leave that god-forsaken coalition.

Billy
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Billy

What is there left for you Gerakan fellas now in the BN? KTK has already said that if the party do not have any meaningful role to play, the party would quit the coalition. Let’s face reality in a realpolitik world. You no longer have a meaningful role as UMNO will still call the shots. All the talk about consensus, blah, blah, blah are just eye-wash. Quit now before its too late. Better still dissolve the party and let the members decide which party in the opposition they would like to join. Once the PR comes into power, by then… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Gerakan getting into bed with MCA?

They’d be hard pressed to find one big enough to fit all their fat heads.

The reason? There should only be three component parties, one for each race. PPP should also merge with MIC to represent the Indian community. (Er, what happened to IPF?)

There we are, straight from the horse’s mouth. And all this while, we were under the impression that Gerakan was multi racial.

Li Huat Chai
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Li Huat Chai

I believe there is a time for everything. So, so far as Gerakan is concerned, now is the time to QUIT BN and see what u can do with
yourself.

If Gerakan were to join Pakatan, then, it is like Gerakan is biting its own tongue. Remember the party’s adviser, Tun Lim Kheng Yaik, critised Anwar Ibrahim mercilessly…

To all the Gerakan’s leaders, all of u are in deep s*** now. Serve u right!!!

malaysian niah
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malaysian niah

Aiya … close the stupid party lar… after (taking) Penangites (for a ride) now they want to be relevant… tutup deh.

KJAN
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KJAN

Dr Lim Chong Eu – founded Gerakan!
Koh Tsu Koon – disbanded Gerakan? Koh, make ur name in history!
Gerakan, disband now, join DAP and save Penang… Gerakan, wakeup and go now as you’re being fooled by these UMNO…

Moonrider
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Moonrider

The sad things about gerakan is their stronghold is only in Penang .. afer so many years , they are still focusing in penang area ..

If Gerakan Leaves BN, the seat currently they contesting will taken away by UMNO .. so if they join PR .. since penang is holding by DAP , you think DAP will allow Gerakan who join PR to contest againts BN ..

So is a die die situation .. leave die no leave also die ..

Ignaoramus
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Ignaoramus

TOO LONG GERAKAN, MCA AND MIC AND OTHER SMALLER PARTIES HAVE BEEN PLAYING SECOND FIDDLE TO UMNO. AT THE END OF THE DAY RACIAL POLITICS DOES NOT BRING ABOUT A WIN-WIN SITUATION WHERE ONLY ONE COMMUNITY WINS. PARTIES MUST STAND-UP FOR ALL CITIZENS..NOT ONE SECTOR ONLY.. THE MAHATHIR ERA HAS MESSED UP THE FOUNDING FATHERS AIM FOR RACIAL INTEGRATION AND FAIR PLAY LEAVING ABOUT 5% OF THE MALAYS VERY RICH WHILE THE REST OF THE CITIZENS ARE STRUGGLING. tHE CURENT GOVENMENT WAS GIVEN THE MANDATE TO RIGHT THIS. hOWEVER AS CAN BE SEEN THERE ARE NOW MORE WRONGS THAN RIGHTS…… Read more »

BELINDA TEE
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BELINDA TEE

pull out from BN

terang bulan
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terang bulan

What are you waiting for Koh Tsu Koon? There is absolutely no, I repeat no benefit for Gerakan to remain in BN. … Gerakan should just … quit BN on the spot. If Gerakan don’t want to join PR, then it is better for it to just dissolve itself. …

Eagle has landed
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Eagle has landed

what is in the head of that mopiko man. It hard to believe that such a highly educated man like KTK fail to see the reality and what is good for future generation. No wonder for 51 years, we are still behind apart from bragging with all the tallest building and many more that doesn’t benefit the rakyat. Forget GERAKAN and think of Pakatan Rakyat.

amira
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amira

KTK the writing is on the wall. The 60% sentiments are a overwhelming majority. Yes, There are many choices. But Non of them have the 60% majority to leave BN. Bite the bullet one and for all. Leave BN. The insult that Gerakan is taking is not worth the salt. Just imagine UMNO at is weakest still insult you like dirt. What future do you want to hope for? Do you want to appeal like MIC and gets ignored? Believe me even if MIC’s Samy kneel down and beg for the Hindraf they will not give a damn. Such is… Read more »