MCA, Gerakan, SUPP merger talks can only begin after internal polls

KUALA LUMPUR: Official talks over a possible merger between MCA, Gerakan and SUPP can only begin once these parties have settled their respective internal party elections.

Gerakan acting president Datuk Chang Ko Youn warned that the three Barisan component parties might agree over the merger now but change their minds after electing new leaders.

"If we come to an agreement now, let's say there's a change of leadership in October or November, the new leadership may not agree with whatever we have discussed," he told reporters at Gerakan headquarters here Saturday.

He said it was better for the three parties to discuss the merger after they elected their new leadership councils.

Gerakan and MCA will hold their party elections on Oct 26 and Dec 21 this year.

SUPP is expected to hold internal polls in 2014.

Merger talks between Gerakan and the MCA are hardly new, with Chang adding that the issue had been discussed since the mid-1980s.

The parties were unable to come up with a conclusive agreement to the matter, despite recent discussions in 2007 and 2011.

Chang said that Gerakan has had a number of "informal talks" with MCA and SUPP presidents Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Seri Peter Chin Ka Fui.

It was previously reported that the three parties had discussed the possibility of a merger after a poor showing in the 13th general election, which left MCA with seven parliamentary seats and both SUPP and Gerakan with one seat each.

SOURCE: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/07/21/Gerakan-Merger-talks-only-after-party-polls.aspx

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