Gerakan still relevant

GEORGE TOWN: Pakatan Rakyat supporters may have written off Gerakan as a finished political entity, especially in Penang, following its back-to-back general election defeats.

But outgoing Gerakan state chairman Dr Teng Hock Nan has dismissed such opinion, insisted that Gerakan was still relevant and could play a pivotal role in the country’s politics for years to come.

He believed that if Gerakan can execute its new role in effective and constructive way as the state opposition, the party would bounce back stronger.

Dr Teng said the Gerakan would not reach its end because many young party comrades were dedicated to serve the party.

But he reminded Gerakan members that they had to always work together at all levels and promote the party ideologies and struggles, with a strong team spirit, solidarity and cohesion if the party were to stand up again in Penang.

“Many people think that Gerakan was finished after our defeats in two general elections.

“That is wrong. Gerakan is still relevant. It has the complete ideology that is in line with our country’s multi-racial, multi religious setting, hence we will not be eliminated.

“Gerakan will stay put because we have comrades who care and love the party.

“We are united and we will persevere to play a constructive opposition role in Penang,” Dr Teng, who is also the party vice-president, said in his chairman address at the state Gerakan annual delegates’ conference at its headquarters here.

Also present were Gerakan acting president Chang Ko Youn, vice-president Chia Kwang Chye and secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow.

Gerakan was the state ruling party from 1969 until it was ousted in 2008 general election.

It has lost in all its 13 state and four federal seats it contested in last two general elections in Penang.

Pointing back to the electoral defeats, Dr Teng reminded party members that the party must reinvent soon as Gerakan was currently locked in a critical political juncture.

He said new generation of party leaders must have the courage to lay new political pathways, new scenario and be bold enough to speak up and speak out against any form of wrongdoings.

He also reminded Gerakan leaders and members to stay away from graft and money politics.

“The small decisive steps can lead to bigger step for Gerakan’s return,” concluded Dr Teng.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/09/16/gerakan-still-relevant/

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