Gerakan keen to recruit varsity students

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan plans to amend its constitution so that university students can join as members without getting special permission from their vice-chancellors.

Party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said at present, Clause 96.2 of the party constitution provided for such a move.

"But this has been rendered obsolete with the recent amendments to the University and University Colleges Act, which allows for students to engage in political activities and become members of political parties."

The proposal would be raised at the party's annual convention on Sept 29-30, he told a press conference at Menara PGRM here yesterday.

He said so far this year, the party had registered some 25,000 new members and opened 193 more branches nationwide.

"We registered more than 10,000 new members in Sabah, 3,700 in Johor and 2,100 in Perak."
On party elections due at the end of the year, Dr Koh said an amendment would also be proposed to allow for the elections to be held eight months after the general election.

On party-hopping, he criticised the DAP for being inconsistent and doubted that such a proposal could be implemented as it was against the Federal Constitution.






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