Gerakan to propose party constitutional amendments

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 25, 2012): Gerakan is proposing to make two party constitutional amendments at its national party delegates conference next month, said party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
He said there was a need for the two amendments to be tabled for discussion and approval at the two-day conference, beginning Sept 29.

He said the first constitutional amendment was in line with the Universities and University Colleges Act 2012 (AUKU) to enable undergraduates to become Gerakan members.

"As such, we will be abolishing Clause 96.2 of the constitution which does not allow university undergraduates to become members, except with the approval of the vice-chancellor.

"Following the government's amendment of AUKU, Gerakan is of the view that there is no need for the provision and it should be dropped," he said in a media conference at Menara PGRM here today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak had announced that Section 15 of AUKU would be amended to enable students aged 21 and above, to be active in political parties. Apart from political parties, students will also be allowed to participate in associations, organisations, bodies and groups, both local or abroad.

On the second amendment, Koh said Gerakan was proposing to amend the party constitution to postpone party election by another eight months.

Prior to this, the party constitution allowed party elections to be postponed for 15 months, considering the 13th general election has not been set and may be held by end of the year or early next year.

"According to practice and the constitution, the last party election was in 2008, and it should be held 15 months after the end of 2011.

"Should the general election be held in the next two months, Gerakan still needs eight months to prepare for party election. We do not want the general election and party election to clash," said Koh.

In this regard, he said the eight-month extension would give the central committee and delegates sufficient time to devote their attention on the general election.

On another matter, Koh said 193 new branches had been set up since 2008, with 25,000 new members recruited.

"This shows there is interest in Gerakan and the party is still active at the grassroots level," he said.

SOURCE: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/471666

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