Mah: Gerakan can rise from the ashes

KUALA LUMPUR: In his final address as president at Gerakan’s national delegates’ conference, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (pic) hailed the support of loyalists and urged the party to rejuvenate and rise from the ashes of its utter defeat in the 14th General Election.

The outgoing chief said the party’s new beginning started with self-acceptance and understanding what it had done wrong and how it would change for the better.

“The party is still good.

“It’s like undervalued stock. It may not be of value today but it will appreciate in the future,” he quipped.

He added that by now members should agree that the party – which was newly independent after it pulled out of Barisan Nasional on June 23 – must change if it aimed to make a comeback.

Mah said he was also encouraged by the support of party members who still remained loyal despite the difficult times.

“It is fortunate and pleasing to note that we have members who are still with us to witness a new chapter in the party,” he said as he addressed over 1,000 members at the conference here for the last time as president.

Before parting, Mah proposed some changes he hoped to see under the new leadership.

Among them is to implement direct voting that will allow the party’s estimated 300,000 members to personally choose their leaders as well as a term limit for division chairmen.

On Sept 16, Mah announced his resignation as Gerakan president to take responsibility for the party’s failure to win any of the 11 parliamentary and 31 state seats it contested in GE14. He was also defeated by DAP’s Nga Kor Ming in his battle to retain the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat.

Yesterday, Mah said his resignation was his way of helping the party to renew and rejuvenate and enabling rebuilding efforts to take place under a new leadership.

The decision to quit as president was not easy but it was made in the best interest of the party.

“I am upbeat about our future and with the fighting spirit demonstrated by fellow members across the country, the best is yet to come,” he said.

Originally founded as an Opposition party in 1968, Gerakan joined the Alliance in 1972 before Barisan was formed two years later.

 

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