Gerakan presidential hopeful Teng vows on party reform

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan presidential candidate Teng Chang Yeow has vowed to reform the party through radical changes.

Teng said the party needed a new direction to win back people's confidence.

 Announcing his campaign manifesto two days before the party election, Teng made a clarion call to the delegates to embrace changes in line with the people's needs.

 "I am urging every delegate to support me as the party presidenr. Penang is akin to the heart of the party so the reform has to start here.

 "Gone were the days where the decision-making came from one or two leaders," he said at a party election campaigning dinner at the state Gerakan headquarters in Jalan Macalister here tonight.

Teng, who is Penang Gerakan chief, remained calm in the face of critics who questioned his leadership style and labelled him as a 'no-hoper' in a two horse race to helm the party.

 "I am not bothered by those who want to derail my chances to contest as my mind is focused on reforming the party.

 "My aim is to see the party doing well in the next general election," he said.

 He is pitted in a straight fight against acting secretary general Datuk Mah Siew Keong.

Teng was the party's former secretary-general.

 Several grassroot leaders vying for national delegates positions  took turns to rally their support for Teng.

 Some 2,000 delegates are expected to cast their votes on Saturday to choose 39 candidates for various party posts.





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