Not all Chinese are DAP supporters, says Gerakan

The Chinese should not be sidelined just because some are supporting DAP, said Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang today.

“The people who support DAP don’t represent all Malaysian Chinese in Malaysia.

“Gerakan Youth need to work harder to win back their support instead of being in a ‘relax mode’ following Gerakan President Datuk Mah Siew
Keong’s victory in Teluk Intan in June,” he said during the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party’s 43rd national delegates conference, today,

Tan said Chinese support are actually returning to BN based on the results of by-elections after the 13th General Election.

The by-elections were held in Kuala Besut (Terengganu), Sungai Limau (Kedah), Kajang (Selangor), Teluk Intan (Perak), Balingian (Sarawak) and Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan.

Barisan retained Balingian, Teluk Kubor and wrested Teluk Intan from Pakatan Rakyat.

He added that Teluk Intan was a significant victory as the party overturned a majority of 7,313 votes by DAP in the last general elections.

“It goes to show that DAP is not invincible in non-Malay majority constituencies and can be beaten with the right candidate and strategy,” he said.

He also took a swipe at certain non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which claim to be pro-Barisan but are behaving otherwise.

“They are like extremists and parasites which sucks the host dry,” said Tan in referring to mistletoe, a parasitic plants which attach to
and penetrate the branches of a tree.

Tan said they bring no benefit whatsoever except to incur the people’s wrath against Barisan.

On another note, Tan proposed that elected representatives who quit halfway for political reasons should be fined RM100,000 and RM200,000 for state assemblymen and MPs respectively by the Elections Commission (EC).

He also took the PAS government in Kelantan to task for wanting to implement hudud law in the state, saying it is against the Federal Constitution.

“The criminal cases in the country is subjected to the Penal Code.

“You can’t have two different set of laws in the country,” he said.

There were no walkouts during Tan’s speech as speculated and most of the delegates were in upbeat mood.

Rumours of infighting among Gerakan Youth are rife following the resignation and sacking of several Youth leaders allegedly due to their differences with Tan.

 

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