Development in Penang pioneered by Gerakan - Chang Ko Youn

KUALA LUMPUR: Acting Gerakan president Datuk Chang Ko Youn today said Gerakan had not failed as a political party despite failing to wrest back Penang from the opposition in the past two general elections.

This, he said, was because the benefits enjoyed by the islanders now were the results of efforts made by the previous Gerakan-led state government.

He said although a lot of development had been done by the previous state government, it failed to win the people's votes.

It showed that the old way of promising development did not promise votes from the people, he added.

"The new Gerakan must be firm in voicing its values and political belief , including in addressing abuse," he said in his keynote address at the Gerakan's 42nd delegates conference here today.

He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should go back to the roots of social justice and democracy and forge closer links with the people.

At a media conference latter, Chang urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to consider Simpang Renggam Member of Parliament Liang Teck Meng, who is Gerakan's sole representative in Parliament, for a post in the government.

This was to enable Gerakan to play a wider role in BN, he added.

In another development, Chang said he was confident that the Chinese voters would support BN in the next general election.

"The Chinese voters will shift their votes to BN because they realise that they have been cheated by the opposition pact, especially DAP," he added.

The conference was opened by Najib, who is also BN chairman.-- BERNAMA





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