Gerakan concerned over Barisan plans to cut seats

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan has voiced its reservations over Barisan Nasional’s plans to reduce seat allocations for some of the coalition’s component parties in the next general election, says the party’s vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was earlier reported to have said that Barisan’s strategy for the next elections was to field candidates based on their popularity among voters and not based on the existing seat allocations.

Lau said that the make-up of Barisan candidates for GE14 must be based on consensus from all component parties.

He also questioned the viability of Dr Ahmad Zahid’s proposed candidate popularity method, which will take into account research by academics and independent resources.

“Gerakan maintains that any decision pertaining to party quotas and seat distribution must be based on consensus as stated in Clause 13 of the Barisan constitution. The proposed new method must prove its credibility and viability first before it can replace existing party quotas.

“It should be based on voter preference, and must be fair and transparent to all component parties,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Lau said that consensus in Barisan is needed to “avoid conflict”.

He added that Gerakan is an important component party of Barisan.

“Gerakan has been working with the grassroots in its targeted constituencies and is well-liked even in areas not under its constituencies,” Lau said.

Gerakan contested in 11 parliamentary seats in the last general election and won one. Party president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong then won another seat for the party in the Teluk Intan by-election in 2014.





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