New chief says members must unite to revive Gerakan

Newly-minted Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong (pic) has said he would waste no time getting down to work to revive the party.

He said the newly elected office bearers also needed to hit the ground running, including in terms of consolidating unity among party members.

Soon after the announcement of the results of the party polls at Menara PGRM in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Mah acknowledged that the 45-year-old party faced more challenges now than ever, especially in light of its poor showing in the past two general elections.

Of course, this is not an easy burden. But I think if we work together as a team, we can bring the party up again.

"There are a lot of things that we want to do. After two defeats, we admit that we've weaknesses (to overcome)."

Mah clinched the top post after defeating Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Teng Chang Yeow with a 509-vote majority. Mah, the former secretary-general, secured 1,086 votes while Teng got 577.

Mah said he would appoint Teng as a central committee member to allow him to play a bigger role in national politics.

He (Teng) has agreed that we work together to make sure that Penang delivers good results in the next round," he said.

Asked whether he would implement his manifesto of limiting the party president's term to a maximum of two terms, Mah said the matter would need the approval of the party's decision-making body.

On another note, he expressed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and believed that Gerakan still had a role to play in Barisan Nasional.

Meanwhile, Teng told reporters he accepted the outcome of the polls. It's time to consolidate. When we're up, don't be too happy, when we lose, don't be too sad," he said. Bernama, October 27, 2013.






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