GERAKAN TO SIT OUT CAMERON HIGHLANDS BY-ELECTION

GERAKAN TO SIT OUT CAMERON HIGHLANDS BY-ELECTION

PRESS STATEMENT BY

GERAKAN SECRETARY GENERAL

MAK KAH KEONG

JANUARY 11, 2019

 

Gerakan decided not to contest in the coming P78 Cameron Highlands by-election.

The decision was reached by the Party top leadership after multiple consultations and discussions were held with grassroots members in recent weeks, especially Pahang Gerakan and Cameron Highlands Division. There were mixed opinions from members at all levels, which the leadership regards it as a positive sign of interest and commitment.

Gerakan has been collecting feedback from the local community. We are grateful and humble that the Party is well-received by the people of Cameron Highlands. We draw encouragement from public support and acknowledgement, it is most appreciated and helpful in keeping Gerakan renew and restart.

However, after careful and comprehensive consideration, it was agreed that our primary task now is to focus on our ongoing efforts to strengthen the Party instead of engaging in a by-election. P78 Cameron Highland is not a traditional seat of the Party, but we have a good track record and enjoy a close relationship with local people, especially in Tanah Rata.

As such, we decided that it is in the best interest of the Party to sit out the coming Cameron Highlands by-election and focus on ongoing efforts to consolidate and strengthen the Party which has more pressing importance. The new leadership of the Party is undertaking efforts to introduce changes within the Party which needs undivided attention and complete support from all members.

As an independent political party, Gerakan with approximately 1,300 members who will vote in the coming by-election, we will observe and assess prospective candidates to determine our support in the coming by-election. Gerakan with many years of services and close rapport with the local community, we have a good understanding of issues or predicaments faced by local people. Despite not contesting, we will continue to speak up for the people before, during and even after the by-election.

Gerakan will continue to engage the people of the Cameron Highlands to continue helping the local community in our capacity as an independent political party and to our best ability.

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